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No lifeguard patrols on Cornish beaches for the foreseeable future

No lifeguard patrols on Cornish beaches for the foreseeable future

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:48pm 27th March 2020.

The RNLI in Cornwall says it's made the decision to stop lifeguard patrols on beaches for the foreseeable future. 

It follows the Government’s instructions on Monday 23 March for people to stay at home and avoid gathering outdoors.

It said it is to ensure lifeguards adhere to the Government’s instructions to limit contact between people and encourage the public to do the same. It's lifeboat stations, however, remain on service.

"Lifeguards work and train in groups, which makes keeping the requirement to remain 2 metres apart difficult and the nature of their work with the public puts them – and beach visitors – at risk of close contact.

"Also, their usual activity includes encouraging people to visit patrolled beaches and swim in certain areas – this activity would go against the Government’s clear instruction for people to stay at home, maintain social distancing and not congregate in groups."

RNLI Spokesperson

The lifeguard service at Crosby beach, which operates a 365-day-a-year service, was suspended as of Wednesday 25 March. The rollout of RNLI lifeguards to 47 additional beaches that were due to start patrols this weekend and over the Easter period will be postponed until further notice.

"We hope that once the current situation changes and government guidance allows, we will be able to re-establish the lifeguard service and employ lifeguards onto the beaches.

"With the situation changing regularly, we will continue to review the rollout of lifeguard beaches as the season continues with the aim of restoring services when possible."

RNLI Spokesperson

In the meantime, It's working with beach owners to inform the public that lifeguards will not be patrolling. They have issued the following safety advice:

  • Take care if walking near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times
  • If going afloat, carry a means for calling for help and always wear a lifejacket
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float

In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. 

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