Jersey RNLI urges people to put safety first as lifeguard season comes to an end
The RNLI is advising people to take care around the coastline in Jersey as lifeguard patrols officially come to an end this weekend (Sunday 25 September).
For the second year lifeguards will remain on duty into October at Le Braye for those people wishing to get into the water in the autumn.
Le Braye will have lifeguard patrols during the half term holidays from Saturday 22 October until Sunday 30 October.
RNLI lifeguards have dealt with a number of things over the summer season, including sea rescues and major first aid incidents, as well as offering advice and education on beach safety.
Rob Stuteley, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘We have had a busy summer in Jersey. Our lifeguards have worked really hard and have done a fantastic job of keeping people safe at the coast.
‘We will once again be providing lifeguard patrols at Le Braye over the October holidays and would encourage anyone heading to the coast that week to take advantage of the service by visiting that beach.
‘Those who can't make it to a lifeguarded beach can help keep themselves safe by taking note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, going with a friend or telling someone on the shore where they are going, and being aware of the conditions and their own capabilities in the water.
‘Autumn can see big spring tides and bigger swell around the coast. People walking on the coast should always check the tide times before setting out and carry a means of communication. The bigger swells mean more unpredictable rip currents in the water so people should take extra care. Anyone in difficulty in the water should try not to panic or fight against any currents, hold onto anything buoyant they have, call for help and raise their hand to attract attention and try to keep their head above water.’
The RNLI’s advice is not to enter the water if you see someone in trouble but rather to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
Connétable Steve Pallett, Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture, said:
'I would like to thank the RNLI lifeguards for another season looking after us on Jersey's wonderful beaches.'
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Attached photos show Jersey RNLI lifeguards in action. Credit- Gina Socrates
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