RNLI issues beach safety warnings

Lots more of us are holidaying in the UK this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and, as we have seen, the recent damp and windy August weather has not put beach goers off.

RNLI lifeguards across the south west are reporting busy beaches and an increase in the number of incidents they are dealing with.

And if the weather forecast is to be believed, a spell of welcome sunshine and surf is predicted for the coming weeks, coupled with big tides, so the charity’s life savers are urging beach goers to be aware of the conditions and their capabilities, to head to a lifeguarded beach and to heed safety advice before going into the water.

The key summer safety advice is:

  • visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags
  • if you get into trouble Float to Live – lie on your back and relax, resisting the urge to thrash about
  • call 999 in an emergency and ask for the Coastguard

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