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RNLI in Wales issues advice for the heatwave

Lifeguards News Release

The RNLI has issued advice for those heading to the coast or waterways during the hot weather

RNLI/Callum Robinson

The RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, is urging people to enjoy the current heatwave safely, by respecting the water and if you are heading to the beach, go to one patrolled by lifeguards.

The RNLI’s Lifeguards currently patrol some 40 beaches in Wales, from Whitmore Bay in the South to Prestatyn in the North. Last year lifeguards in Wales responded to 1,075 incidents and rescued or assisted 1,219 people including people swimming and surfers caught in rip currents, bathers with jelly fish stings, children lost from their parents and beachgoers requiring casualty care.

Matt Jessop, North Wales RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: “Although we are currently experiencing some great temperatures for heading to our many stunning beaches, we would like to remind people to Respect The Water as the waters around Wales still haven't had a chance to warm up yet, and are still quite cold. If you are going for a swim in open water, enter it slowly so you can get used to the cold. Cold water shock can kill!

“This year, we’re asking the public to help us to save more lives by sharing some simple survival skills: If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, fight your instincts and float until the effects of cold water shock pass. If you see someone else in trouble in the water, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”

The RNLI Lifeguards will be patrolling beaches this weekend at:

Rhyl, Prestatyn, Rest Bay Coney / Sandy Bay, Trecco Bay, Whitmore Bay (Barry), Southerndown, Ogmore, Llantwit major, Aberavon, Swansea Bay, Langland, Caswell, Port Eynon, Three Cliffs, Pembrey, Amroth, Saundersfoot, Tenby North, Tenby Castle, Tenby South, Freshwater West, Broad Haven, Nolton Haven, Newgale South, Newgale Central, Newgale North, Whitesands, Newport Sands, Poppit Sands, Borth, Aberstwyth North, Aberstwyth South, New Quay Harbour, Llangrannog, Tresaith and Aberporth.

For further information on which beaches will be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards after this weekend and during the summer visit our web site: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

There is a range of safety advice available on the RNLI’s website here: https://rnli.org/safety, from staying safe at the beach to what equipment to carry if you are going out on a boat.

RNLI/Tom Farrington

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 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.

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