RNLI lifeguard patrols begin at Lyme Regis for busy summer season

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards patrols start at Lyme Regis, West Bay and Greenhill beaches from 7 July.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis, West Bay and Greenhill beaches will be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards 10am-6pm daily until 2 September. This is alongside Weymouth beach which has been patrolled since 5 May until 30 September.

This is the first time the new lifeguard look-out tower will be used at Lyme Regis which will significantly improve the lifeguard service on the beach, especially through the better visibility of the beach the hut provides. It is also a more conspicuous facility which provides the beach with a useful first aid and information point and a meeting point for lost children as well as providing more modern welfare facilities for the lifeguards.

Alice Higgins, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said:

‘With the recent hot weather, we urge visitors hoping to make the most of the sun to check that the beach they want to visit is lifeguarded. We provide much greater safety for sunbathers, swimmers and water sports enthusiasts, especially now thanks to our new lifeguard facilities.

We advise visitors coming to the area to always swim between the red and yellow flags and to check tide times before arriving at the beach – especially if you are planning to walk to Charmouth.

We want visitors to enjoy their time at our beaches but to respect the water at the same time. We advise you to check the weather conditions before arriving and to be aware of any local hazards at the beach. We encourage any visitors to please feel free to speak to the lifeguards on patrol for any advice.’

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