RNLI and Gwynedd Council produce safety signs on Barmouth beach
Seven sea safety signs have been installed around the main access points to Barmouth’s Blue Flag beach.
Mr Trevor Lewis, Barmouth RNLI’s Community Safety Officer, has been working closely with the Gwynedd Council Maritime and Country Parks Department to produce the signs which provide beach safety advice and information about local facilities for beach-goers.
The provision of the Barmouth Beach safety advice on the signs is part of the RNLI's drowning prevention work within the community.
RNLI Community Safety Officer Mr Lewis said:
‘The RNLI advice is to be aware of potential hazards due to weather and tide conditions. Even in fine weather the tide can cause rip currents and tidal cut off on sand banks. Heavy surf can result in undercurrents that can quickly carry bathers out of their depth. It is recommended that visitors seek local advice from beach wardens, the Harbour Master or the RNLI.
Children using inflatables are particularly at risk, especially when used during an off-shore wind that could sweep them well out to sea before the lifeboat can reach them. It is also important to avoid entering the water in the harbour area due to dangerously strong currents and soft mud.’
Barmouth RNLI Coxswain, Peter Davies said:
‘It has been a concern for some time that visitors to the area are unaware of the potential dangers of entering the water at certain stages of the tide and I welcome any initiative that encourages people to use the coastline safely. I am grateful to our Community Safety Officer for the hours of hard work he has put in to making these signs a reality. He offers sea safety advice at all our events in and around Barmouth and plays a vital part in the RNLI’s drowning prevention work.’
For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917 245882 or Trevor Lewis, Barmouth RNLI Community Safety Officer on 01341280252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.