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More Cornish beaches to get lifeguards

More Cornish beaches to get lifeguards

Published by Helen Downwith contributions by Local Democracy Reporter By Richard Whitehouse  at 6:29pm 11th June 2020. (Updated at 6:18am 12th June 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

More beaches in Cornwall will have RNLI lifeguards patrolling from this weekend.

Cornwall Council has announced that from Saturday another six beaches in Cornwall will have lifeguards in place.  They are:

  • Sennen
  • Porthmeor
  • Hayle Towans
  • Poldhu
  • Praa Sands
  • Watergate Bay

They will join the seven which already have cover:

  • Widemouth
  • Gwithian
  • Fistral
  • Mawgan Porth
  • Polzeath
  • Constantine
  • Perranporth

The RNLI had previously been unable to provide lifeguard cover on the beaches because it had not been able to provide staff with training and protective equipment after the Government relaxed restrictions on allowing people to travel for exercise.

Good weather led to many people going to beaches and raised concerns that people would be at risk without lifeguards on patrol.

However the RNLI has worked with the council to provide cover on some beaches in Cornwall. 

"The RNLI said they were not doing any lifeguarding at the start of lockdown. We have been working with them throughout to get some cover.

"I wasn’t expecting that until the end of the month. They will be doing even more from June 20."

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for public protection added that he appreciated the RNLI starting patrols on beaches and helping to keep people safe.

"Social distancing when pulling someone from the sea just doesn’t work. When you are pulling someone out of the sea you get as close to someone as you would marrying them.

"They save around 50 lives a year – people who would have died if they hadn’t been there, so we absolutely need them on our beaches."

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for public protection

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