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Lifeguard patrols are scaled back for autumn

Lifeguard patrols are scaled back for autumn

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 29th September 2019. (Updated at 7:41am 29th September 2019)

Beach-goers are urged to stay safe on the coast as Cornwall's lifeguard patrols scale back for the autumn.

RNLI cover on the majority of the Duchy and Devon's beaches is ending this Sunday 29th September in the end of the summer season.

The charity is encouraging people to head to one of the 18 stretches of sand which will still have patrols through October.

These beaches will have an extended service beyond the end of September, with cover on weekends and during the school half term (Saturday 19th October until Sunday 27th October).

The beaches with lifeguard cover during October are:

Praa Sands, Gwithian, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Towan, Watergate, Mawgan Porth, Harlyn, Constantine, Polzeath, Widemouth and Summerleaze in Cornwall. Plus Woolacombe and Bantham in Devon  

Fistral, Porthmeor and Sennen in Cornwall, and Croyde in North Devon will have cover every day in October right up until the end of October half term (Sunday 27th October)

"October is a busy month for the lifeguards on our beaches in the south west as we see more and more people using the water later into the year. 

"Sea temperatures are still fairly warm and with wetsuits and equipment more readily available, getting to a beach and enjoying the water has become more accessible to everyone. 

"It's great to see and we're pleased that we can offer a lifeguard service for those people heading to the beach.  

"The RNLI service is on 18 beaches across the region. 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."

Matt Whitley, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for North Devon

The lifeguards will be on duty on the selected beaches between 10am and 6pm until the clocks go back on Sunday 27th October when the operational hours will be reduced to 10am-5pm for the last day of patrols. 

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