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Lifeguard patrols in Cornwall scaled back for winter

Lifeguard patrols in Cornwall scaled back for winter

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:23am 30th September 2018.

Lifeguard cover across Cornwall's beaches is drawing to a close for the winter.

The official season comes to an end this Sunday - the 30th September.

The RNLI is urging those still using the water to head to one of the 19 beaches across the Duchy and Devon with extended patrols into October.

For the first time this year those living and visiting south east Cornwall will not need to travel far to visit a lifeguarded beach, with the charity extending safety patrols on Seaton beach.

Lifeguards will provide safety cover on Seaton, Praa Sands, Gwithian, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Towan, Watergate, Mawgan Porth, Harlyn, Constantine, Polzeath, Widemouth and Summerleaze.

If you're venturing further afield into Devon, then Woolacombe and Bantham will also have cover on weekends and during the school half term (Saturday 20th October until Sunday 28th October).

Fistral Beach in Newquay, Porthmeor beach in St Ives, Sennen Cove and Croyde in North Devon will have full time lifeguard cover throughout the whole month, until 28th October.

Beach goers are being urged to take care around the coast.

RNLI lifeguards patrol water's edge - credit Nathan Williams
Lifeguard patrols are scaling back for the winter

"October typically sees bigger surf conditions and although the air temperature has dropped, the water temperature is still very warm as it's been heated throughout the summer.

"As a result we see more and more people wanting to spend their time at the beach and in the water before the short winter days approach.

"So we're really pleased to be able to offer extended lifeguard patrols on Seaton beach for the first time this year.

"This gives those living or visiting south east Cornwall an accessible beach on which to enjoy their activity safely.

"We'd really encourage anyone planning on going in the water to head to Seaton or one of the other lifeguarded beaches around the region where lifeguards will be on hand to offer advice and keep people safe.

"Where there are no flags, there is no lifeguard service.

"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."

Charlie Gillett, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for South East Cornwall

The lifeguards will be on duty on the selected beaches between 10am and 6pm until the clocks go back on Sunday 28th October when the operational hours will be reduced to 10am-5pm for the last day of patrols.

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