RNLI lifeguards return to keep Jersey beaches safe for 2016 summer season

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards will take up daily posts at Jersey’s beaches from this weekend (Saturday 30 April) as patrols for the 2016 summer season get underway.

Patrols will begin at St Ouen’s Bay, Le Braye and Watersplash from Saturday, with additional patrols at Plemont, Greve de Lecq and St Brelade’s Bay starting from Saturday 21 May.

Over the last few weeks lifeguard teams have been visiting local primary schools in Jersey as part of the ‘Meet the Lifeguards’ programme, and estimate that they’ve spoken 3,020 school children about how to stay safe on the beach.

With the Bank Holiday weekend approaching, the RNLI is urging people heading to the coast to take heed of the charity’s safety advice.

Rob Stuteley, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, says; ‘Our lifeguard teams are looking forward to getting back on the beaches for our sixth season in Jersey.

‘Whether you are local to Jersey, or visiting on holiday, we’d urge beachgoers to head to an RNLI lifeguarded beach and to swim in the supervised area between the red and yellow flags.

‘If you are planning on getting in the water, it’s worth remembering that the sea temperature is still cold so it’s important people wear a suitable wetsuit. Try and stay within your depth and follow the lifeguard’s advice. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help. If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard, or if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

 ‘It is also very important to check the tide times before setting out and always carry a means of calling for help in case you should get caught out.’

Since taking over the lifeguard service in 2011, the charity has worked with the States of Jersey’s Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture Department to further develop provision on the island. After a successful trial last year, patrols have once again been extended to the Easter weekend and October half term.

Steve Pallett, Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, said;

‘We are delighted to welcome back the RNLI lifeguards to Jersey for another summer. They provide a world-class service and their presence certainly makes our beaches safer for everyone to enjoy. The importance of local lifeguards who understand our tides, currents, and rips is invaluable.'

Notes to editors
• The RNLI’s national fundraising event Mayday is running from 26 April–2 May 2016 with fundraising events taking place around the UK. For more information visit rnli.org.uk/mayday
• All beaches will have cover between 10am and 6pm until the end of September.

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