RNLI lifeguards finished their patrols on the majority of beaches in the south west last weekend.
However the charity’s lifesavers will continue to provide full time safety patrols on Fistral beach in Newquay throughout October, and during weekends and the school half term week on a selection of the region’s beaches.
In South Devon the lifeguards will remain on duty at Bantham at weekends through October and for every day of the October half term.
Steve Instance, RNLI lifeguard manager, says:
‘Despite the cooler temperatures than we’ve been used to, the RNLI will continue to provide safety cover at some of the busiest beaches for those looking to prolong the summer season and enjoy the favourable surf conditions autumn brings.
We’d recommend that beach users choose one of the twelve RNLI lifeguarded beaches and follow the lifeguards’ advice. It’s worth remembering that if there’s no red and yellow flags flying that means there’s no lifeguard service operating. Those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach can help keep themselves safe by taking note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, going with a friend or telling someone on the shore where they are going, at the same time always being aware of the conditions and their own capabilities in the water. Those who enjoy walking and exploring the coastline should also check the local tide times.’
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.
Steve continues; ‘I would also recommend our Beach Finder mobile app, which makes it easy for people to find their nearest lifeguarded beach. It gives you information on how to have a safe day at the beach and is available to download free-of-charge on both Android and Apple devices from www.rnli.org/beach.’