With some welcome summer sunshine forecast for the Bank holiday weekend, the RNLI is reminding people heading to the coast to put safety first and head to a lifeguarded beach. RNLI lifeguards will make a welcome return to the region’s beaches on Saturday (5 May) as patrols for the 2018 summer season get underway.
As in previous years, RNLI lifeguards have spent the last few weeks visiting local primary schools in the South West as part of the ‘Meet the Lifeguards’ programme, educating youngsters on how to stay safe at the beach.
Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Partner in the south-west, says:
‘It’s that time again when the RNLI lifeguards make a welcome return to beaches around the south-west coastline. We’re hopeful for sunshine this Bank Holiday, but whatever the weather throws at us, we can expect the beaches to be busy as visitors and locals enjoy their holidays.
‘If you are planning on getting in the water, it’s worth remembering the sea temperature is still very cold so it’s important people wear a suitable wetsuit and bring warm clothes to change into.
‘We urge beachgoers to head to an RNLI lifeguarded beach and to swim and bodyboard in the supervised area marked out by the red and yellow flags. Try and stay within your depth and follow the lifeguard’s advice. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help. If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard, or if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
‘It’s also important to check the tide times, which are available at the local lifeboat stations, harbour offices and at the entrance to all RNLI lifeguarded beaches or by searching your nearest beach online. Always take a means of calling for help in case you should get caught out.’
Lifeguard patrols across the region will start on individual beaches at different dates between now and July. To find your nearest lifeguarded beach visit rnli.org
Beaches patrolled in from May 5
Cornwall: Tregonhawke, Sharrow, Tregantle (weekends only until 7 July), Praa Sands, Gwithian, Hayle Towans, Porthmeor, Sennen, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Fistral, Towan, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Treyarnon, Constantine, Harlyn, Polzeath, Widemouth and Summerleaze.
Devon: Bantham and Sedgewell Cove, South Hams; Woolacombe, North Devon. Daily patrols on Croyde beach began on 24 March.
Patrols will begin on the following beaches from May 19
Cornwall: Seaton, Portreath, Poldhu Cove, Kennak, Godrevy, Upton Towans, Beach View, Mexico Towans, Porthminster, Gwenver, Porthcurno, Gyllyngvase, Chapel Porth, St Agnes, Perran Sands, Holywell Bay, Crantock, Great Western, Tolcarne, Porth, Porthcothan, Booby’s, Trevone, Trebarwith, Black Rock, Crooklets and Sandymouth.
Devon: Challaborough, South Hams; Westward Ho! and Sandymere, North Devon.