RNLI lifeguards have completed their training ready to return to their posts for another busy summer on west Wales beaches from this weekend.
The charity’s lifeguards will be at their posts from 10am this Saturday (28 May) to offer safety advice and assistant on Llangrannog, New Quay and Newgale beach.
RNLI lifeguards assisted more than 900 people across 32 of Wales’ busiest beaches last year.
From this Saturday RNLI lifeguards will provide a daily safety service on Llangrannog and New Quay in Ceredigion, as lifeguards in Pembrokeshire provide safety patrols on Newgale throughout the May bank holiday weekend and school half term. A daily safety service will be provided on Newgale from 18 June until 4 September.
Philip Davies, West Wales RNLI Lifeguard Manager advises people how to help stay safe on the beach this summer:
‘When visiting the beach please remember to bathe between the red and yellow flags, this is the area which is closely monitored by the lifeguards throughout the day.
‘If you find yourself or anyone else in trouble please raise your hand and call for help. It is very important that you don’t try and attempt the rescue yourself – the situation could easily turn and you could find yourself in trouble too. RNLI lifeguards are all highly trained and will come to your assistant; or if something happens outside of the lifeguarding hours phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
Cllr Gareth Lloyd, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet member for Economic Development and Tourism said:
‘Ceredigion County Council is pleased to be working in partnership with the RNLI once again this year to provide a much valued service for beach users. The lifeguards do an excellent job in making Ceredigion’s beautiful beaches safe for locals and visitors.’
This year RNLI lifeguards will be providing a daily safety service from 10am-6pm on 39 of Wales’ busiest beaches over the summer months.
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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