Boardmasters work with RNLI on the safety of festival goers coming to Cornwall
The RNLI are working with the organisers of Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, Boardmasters to provide essential beach safety advice to the 50,000 festival goers expected at Watergate Bay this week.
With many heading to Fistral Beach amongst other beaches around the town during the five day festival, the charity are encouraging them to heed the safety advice provided by their lifeguards.
Lewis Timson, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for the Newquay area, said;
‘Boardmasters is a great event for the South West, attracting people from all over the country to Newquay to enjoy the incredible music acts, surfing competition and general festival vibes.
‘As usual we will be increasing the number of lifeguards on patrol at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay and this year, we have worked closely with the Boardmasters festival organisers on educating their festival goers on how best to stay safe on our beaches. We hope everyone has a fantastic festival and enjoys their time in Newquay safely.’
With this many people in one place, many of whom might not be familiar with the coastal environment, we recognise the increased importance of getting our message out, in order to support lifeguards providing safety patrols on the town’s beaches.’
The RNLI are hosting a beach safety stand at Boardmasters music site at Watergate Bay. The RNLI Lifeshack is an eco shop where visitors will be given a voucher to spend on sustainable festival essentials, in return for a conversation with RNLI volunteers about beach safety and the Float to live message.
Rebecca Hodges, RNLI Marketing Manager says;
‘We’re really grateful to Boardmasters for giving us this opportunity to speak to its festival goers who are predominately young people. Being able to talk to them and their friends about water safety and what to do if they get into difficulty is vitally important, so that they can enjoy their time around the coast safely.
‘We are also using the Boardmasters social media channels to engage with followers. Each morning of the festival, the RNLI lifeguards will be providing important daily safety advice on the Boardmasters Instagram stories, which can be found @boardmasters. Festival goers can log on and get up to date advice on tide times, sea and surf conditions and rip currents, which will help them make safety conscious decisions.’
‘Visitors to the RNLI stand will not just receive lifesaving advice but also have the chance to take away sustainable festival essentials. We are pleased to be working with some fantastic eco brands, many of whom were founded in Cornwall, who are paving the way in living a more sustainable life.
‘We hope that introducing festival goers to the products will be a great way to kick starting a conversation and engaging with them on how they can keep themselves and their friends safe while enjoying our beautiful coastline.’
RNLI lifeguards will be providing patrols daily on the beaches in and around Newquay between 10am-6pm and festival goers are encouraged to go to a lifeguarded beach.
The RNLI will be advising festival goers to remember the Float to Live message.
Following the five steps to float could save your life if you find yourself in difficulty in the water:
1. Fight your instinct to thrash around
2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs
3. If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to help you float
4. Float until you can control your breathing
5. Only then, call for help or swim to safety
If you see someone in difficulty, don’t enter the water yourself as you could end up in trouble. Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
Notes to editors
- Please find attached a picture of RNLI Lifeguards on duty at Fistral beach in Newquay (credit RNLI/Lewis Timson).
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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 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.