RNLI lifeguards have busiest start to season in years

By Ella Henwood:

Lifeguards have seen the busiest start to the season in years, with the weekend on Summerleaze and Widemouth resembling summer.

Widemouth Lifeguards have been kept busy with twenty rescues already this season. Lifeguards Ben and James were called to the assistance of two kayakers in trouble on the south side of Widemouth Bay. They agreed the safest and quickest option was to take the IRB (inshore rescue boat). Ben and James loaded the kayakers into the IRB, then dropped them safely back to the shore before returning back out to sea collect their kayaks.

Over Easter weekend, Summerleaze Lifeguards dealt with two major first-aids and four rescues, as well as getting called out by Falmouth Coastguard to assist Bude Lifeboat with the rescue of 6 swimmers in difficulty at Sandymouth.

Lifeguard Ben rode the RWC (rescue watercraft) to Sandymouth to assist the 6 in difficulty. On arrival, local surfers had helped four of the swimmers back to the shore, Ben successfully rescued the other 2 swimmers on the RWC before carrying out a first aid assessment on the beach with the Lifeboat Crew everyone was okay.

Alongside a busy time on the beaches, 4 of the lifeguards have been visiting primary schools all over North Cornwall passing on key safety messages and making sure that the younger generations know how to stay safe whilst at the beach. In total, lifeguards visited around 50 primary schools talking to over 3,000 children.

As of last weekend, 5 of our beaches are now open for the main season: Blackrock, Widemouth, Summerleaze, Crooklets and Sandymouth are now all lifeguarded 7 days a week from 10 am-6pm. We ask that if you are visiting the beach, please make sure it is a lifeguarded one, and if you do see anyone in trouble don’t attempt to rescue them yourself. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

We hope you all have an enjoyable, safe (and sunny) summer and we will see you on the sand.

Credit Nathan Williams. RNLI.

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