Visit a lifeguarded beach this October half term
RNLI lifeguards will be maintaining patrols on some of the busiest beaches in Cornwall and Devon over the school half term period (21-29 October).
With a growing number of people looking to spend time at the beach out of the summer season, as in previous years additional lifeguard cover is being provided at some of the more popular beaches in the region to help keep people visiting the coast this autumn safe.
Community Safety Partner at the RNLI Steve Instance says: ‘It has been a busy 2017 season for our lifeguards who have worked hard to keep large numbers of beachgoers safe. They are well trained to deal with a whole range of scenarios from rescues in the water, to first aid incidents and lost children. We would encourage people who are planning to head to the coast this half term to visit a lifeguarded beach.’
Beaches operating a lifeguard service this half term in Cornwall are Porthtowan, Perranporth, Praa Sands, Gwithian, Porthmeor, Sennen, Fistral, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Harlyn, Polzeath, Widemouth and Summerleaze.
In Devon, there will be lifeguard patrols at Croyde, Woolacombe and Bantham beaches.
For those who aren’t able to head to a lifeguarded beach, it’s important they take steps to keep themselves and their families safe. Ways in which they can do this is to:
- Read safety signage at the entrance to a beach
- Go with a friend or tell someone on the shore where you are going
- Be aware of the conditions and your own capabilities in the water
- Check the tide times
- Carry a means of communication
As part of the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign the charity advises that you do not enter the water if you see someone in trouble, but call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. If you have something that floats, throw it to them.
Anyone in difficulty in the water should try not to panic or fight against any currents. They should hold onto anything buoyant they have, call for help and raise their hand to attract attention and try to keep their head above water.
You can find out more about how to stay safe in and around the water by visiting RNLI.org/RespectTheWater.
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