RNLI lifeguard with rescue board (Credit RNLI/Sam Orchard)
Author: Amy Caldwell, Lifeguard Press Officer
RNLI lifeguards patrolling three of the busiest beaches* in Devon will continue to provide safety cover into October. The charity is urging people wanting to use the water to visit one of these beaches and take note of the safety advice as the season draws to a close.
This weekend (25 September) sees the official end to the RNLI lifeguard season. However due to increasing numbers of people looking to spend time in the water later into the year, the charity will continue to provide safety cover on Bantham, Croyde and Woolacombe in Devon during weekends in October and during the October school half term week.
Phil Hill, RNLI Divisional Lifeguard Manager says;
‘The end of the lifeguard season seems to come round quicker than ever, as usual this year has been a busy one with the RNLI lifeguards dealing with a range of incidents from major and minor first aids, lost children, and the rescue of people in difficulty in the water.
‘Thanks to funding from the private beach owners, Parkin Estate, Park Dean Holidays and Evans Estates, the charity is able to extend the lifeguard season into October, providing safety cover for those looking to prolong the summer season and enjoy the favourable surf conditions autumn brings.
‘Past November the charity’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews remain on call 24 hours a day and ready to respond to anyone in difficulty around the coast. However it’s essential that people are aware of the dangers and know how to look after themselves in the water to prevent incidents.
‘We’d recommend that people take note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, always go with a friend or tell someone on the shore where they are going and be aware of the conditions and their own capabilities in the water. Walkers should also find out the local tide times.’