They will be keeping visitors safe on 33 beaches across the UK over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Ahead of their return the charity’s lifesavers have issued safety warnings highlighting the dangers that have been created on many beaches during the winter storms.
Lifeguard Manager Brett Shepherd said:
‘We’re really pleased to be providing cover on beaches around the UK over the Easter period. Now that spring has officially sprung, we hope people will head down to the coast and enjoy our wonderful beaches.
‘However, the winter storms have changed the make-up of some beaches and many returning to their favourite spots may be surprised at how different everything looks. In places, sand dunes have been washed away leaving sheer sand cliffs. On other beaches, access points to and from the beach have changed whilst shifting sand has left deep channels that in turn create strong rip currents.
'We’d urge anyone planning on visiting a beach over the Easter holidays to check local information in advance and head to a lifeguarded beach. Swimmers should ensure that they swim between the red and yellow flags, which mark out the safest area to swim and are patrolled by lifeguards. Please take heed of the safety signage and any advice offered by the lifeguards on duty.
‘By highlighting the dangers before visitors arrive at the beach, we hope that we can avoid potential incidents and everyone can enjoy their time on the beach in safety.’
Last year RNLI lifeguards around the country attended 69 incidents over the Easter school holidays with the majority of incidents involving minor first aid and missing children. Some of the beaches will be open throughout the Easter school holidays, with others opening from the Bank Holiday weekend onwards.
For more beach safety information and advice, visit www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety
Notes to Editors
2014 Easter Cover – RNLI Lifeguarded Beaches
RNLI lifeguards are providing safety cover on the following beaches over the two-week Easter school holidays (5 to 21 April):
• In Dorset: Bournemouth East, Bournemouth West and Sandbanks
• In Devon: Croyde and Woolacombe
• In Cornwall: Praa Sands, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Gwithian, Porthmoer, Harlyn, Polzeath, Widemouth, Fistral beach in Newquay will be patrolled from Saturday 5 April for the whole summer season until the end of October 2014.
RNLI lifeguards will provide safety cover on the following beaches over the four day Easter bank holiday weekend (18 to 21 April):
• Devon: Bantham
• Cornwall: Hayle, Towans, Sennen, Towan, Watergate Bay, Constantine and Summerleaze
• Merseyside: Ainsdale and Southport
• Pembrokeshire, Wales: Tenby South
• Swansea Bay, South Wales: Aberavon
• In Northern Ireland: Benone and Portstewart
Covering the Easter bank holiday weekend only, then weekends and bank holidays only until summer season:
• In Northern Ireland: Portrush East, Whiterocks and Tyrella
• Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales: Whitmore Bay
RNLI lifeguards cover the following beaches all year round
- Dorset: Boscombe East
- Merseyside: Crosby
• Please find attached a picture of the sheer sand dune cliffs which have been formed on St Ives beach in the south west. Please credit RNLI.
• Please find attached a picture of lifeguard on patrol. Please credit Nigel Millard.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Liz Ablett, RNLI Press Officer on 01202 336 194 or the Press Office on 01202 336 789 or email Elizabeth_ablett@rnli.org.uk