RNLI lifeguard patrols start at Dawlish and Teignmouth for busy summer season
RNLI lifeguard patrols have begun at Sandy Bay, Exmouth, Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth in preparation for the summer holidays. From Saturday 7 July, RNLI lifeguards will patrol local beaches from 10am-6pm daily throughout the summer.
Beaches patrolled are:
Sandy Bay Beach: 7 July-2 September, 10am-6pm daily
Exmouth Beach: 26 May-2 September, 10am-6pm daily
Dawlish Warren Beach: 7 July – 2 September, 10am-6pm daily
Teignmouth North Beach: 26 May – 2 September, 10am-6pm daily
Teignmouth South Beach: 7 July- 2 September, 10am-6pm daily
Tim Smart, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said:
‘We advise visitors coming to the area to always keep an eye on the flags. Swimmers should always swim between the red and yellow flags and you should never enter the water when the red flags are displayed.
Due to the location of Exmouth beach on the River Exe, at certain states of the tide we quite often have to red flag the area due to the strong currents, so please keep an eye on the flags when visiting.
Exmouth Beach is also very popular with kite surfers. We advise kit surfers to always kite with another person if possible but if not, take a means of calling for help. Equipment failure does happen, so please bear this in mind and be prepared.
We want visitors to enjoy their time at our beaches but we advise you to check the tide times and weather conditions before arriving and feel free to ask any of our lifeguards for advice.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.