Charity launches RNLI lifeguard service at Rest Bay
RNLI lifeguards will take to their posts for the first time at Rest Bay this Saturday (28 May) as the charity continues to roll out a lifeguarding service on Porthcawl beaches.
RNLI lifeguards will be working alongside Porthcawl volunteer lifeboat crew as well as local surf lifesaving clubs to help provide a safety service on the popular beach.
Rest Bay is one of four Porthcawl beaches to offer an RNLI lifeguard service this summer. RNLI lifeguards have been patrolling Coney and Trecco Bay since 30 April and a safety service will launch on Pink Bay from early July.
Jacob Davies, RNLI Lifeguard Manager said:
‘The RNLI lifeguards have now all completed their training and are looking forward to opening the doors to the new unit at Rest Bay this weekend.
‘We encourage those thinking of a trip to the coast over the summer months to always visit a lifeguarded beach and if you’re heading into the sea please respect the water and swim between the red and yellow flags. The lifeguards are fully trained in all aspects of beach safety; if you have any questions please approach a lifeguard who will be more than happy to help or offer expert advice.’
Last year RNLI lifeguards assisted over 900 people on 32 of Wales’ busiest beaches. This year the charity have increased the safety patrols to 39 beaches across the Welsh coast.
For more tips on how to stay safe on the coast this summer visit the RNLI website www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety or download the charity’s beach safety mobile app.
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For more information please contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Press Officer on 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland