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Lifeguard patrols expanding to more Cornish beaches

Lifeguard patrols expanding to more Cornish beaches

Published by Helen Down at 8:00am 27th June 2020.

More stretches of sand around the Cornish coastline will see lifeguard patrols return from Saturday June 27th.

The charity has revealed twelve locations along the Duchy's coastline will see have cover from this weekend:

  • Kennack
  • Gyllyngvase
  • Godrevy
  • Gwithian South
  • Upton Towans
  • Beachview
  • Porthminster
  • Gwenver
  • Porthcurno
  • Porthcothan
  • Boobys
  • Trevone 
Hayle lifeguards

Then another nine beaches in Cornwall will see lifeguard patrols return on Saturday July 4.

When this happens it will bring the RNLI's coverage up to around 70% of their usual at that time of year.

  • Seaton
  • Tregantle
  • Crantock
  • Towan
  • Porth
  • Tolcarne
  • St Agnes
  • Perran Sands
  • Sandymouth 

"The charity have been providing a lifeguard service on a limited number of beaches since the beginning of June which has enabled us to thoroughly test the new ways of working, PPE, staffing and new equipment as a result of coronavirus. 

"Despite the continuing challenges created by the pandemic, we are now confident we can provide a safe, comprehensive lifeguard service this summer.

"It has taken a lot of hard work by the whole team, especially our RNLI lifeguard supervisors and technicians.

"But we are really pleased to be able to provide safety cover on over 70% of the beaches we’d usually cover by the beginning of July.’

"With the large surf conditions forecast coupled with spring tides, rips currents will be stronger than normal. 

"We are urging surfers and bathers to not enter the water alone, always go to a lifeguarded beach and ask the lifeguards and local surfers for advice.

"With the summer solstice in full swing it will be light until 10pm for the next couple of weeks so please be careful if you are surfing or swimming outside of lifeguarded hours. 

"Know your limits and know what to do if you are caught in a rip current or get into difficulty. Keep hold of your board or floatation device and paddle parallel to the shore."

Guy Botterill RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager in the south-west

Anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember and follow RNLI safety advice:

  • Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Do not allow your family to swim or surf alone
  • Do not use inflatables
  • 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 an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

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