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Which beaches in Cornwall have lifeguard cover this Easter

RNLI lifeguards patrol water's edge - credit Nathan Williams

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:30am 19th April 2019.

People are being urged to stay safe around Cornwall's coast over the Easter weekend.

Lifeguard patrols have started up again on beaches across the Duchy for the holiday.

RNLI lifeboat volunteers are also ready to respond to their pagers should they be needed as people dust off their equipment and take to the water.

Launching on Wednesday 1st May and running for the whole of the month, the RNLI's Mayday campaign is calling on people to raise money to fund the crucial kit volunteer crews rely on, like lifejackets, helmets and the RNLI's iconic yellow wellies.

"RNLI volunteer crew drop everything to save those in trouble at sea when the pagers go off.

"The kit we provide gives them confidence in all weathers and sea conditions and is vital to make sure our volunteers return home safely to their families from every launch.

"That's why we're running our own call for help throughout May, and asking people to do their bit to fund our lifesaving kit.

"In 2018, RNLI crews in the south west launched 1,325 times and rescued 1,650 people, these rescues simply wouldn't happen without the kit our volunteers wear so please do support us however you can to help us to continue saving lives."

Tom Mansell, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager

 

 

Easter is traditionally a busier time for the RNLI across the region, as people begin to think about getting back on or in the water after the long winter months.

RNLI lifeguard patrols begin on 19 beaches in Devon and Cornwall running daily from 10am to 6pm for the full two-week school holidays from the 6th to 22nd of April.

The charity urges people to think about their safety before heading out to sea or to the beach.

Advice to beach goers:

  • Take heed of the lifeguards advice, especially as the beaches may have altered during the winter storms.
  • Check the weather and tide conditions and make sure your equipment is all in working order.
  • Carry a means of calling for help should something go wrong; know your capabilities and make sure you wear the necessary safety equipment.
  • If you see someone in trouble, alert the lifeguards or call 999 (or 112) and ask for the Coastguard. Do not enter the water yourself.
  • A variety of safety advice for different water activities is available at www.rnli.org.uk

"The return of the lifeguards across the region's beaches is a welcome sight as the weather improves and we edge closer towards summer.

"Before heading out on the water or to the beach we urge people to take a moment to think of their safety and make sure they're fully prepared should something go wrong."

Tom Mansell, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager

The following beaches in Cornwall will be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during the Easter holidays:

Praa Sands, Sennen, Porthmeor, Hayle Towans, Gwithian, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Fistral, Towan, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Constantine, Harlyn, Polzeath, Widemouth and Summerleaze.

And in Devon: Bantham, Croyde and Woolacombe.

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