RNLI lifeguards return to Rhyl and Prestatyn for May half term
RNLI lifeguards will be returning to Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches from Saturday (25 May) to offer safety advice and assistance over the May half term school holidays.
A lifeguarding service will be provided everyday between 10am-6pm over the school half term on both beaches. The lifeguard’s role is to advise, supervise and rescue those in trouble on the beach or in the water.
Working alongside Rhyl volunteer lifeboat crew, the charity’s lifeguard team have been providing a beach safety service on Rhyl and Prestatyn since 2015.
Ryan Jennings, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor said:
‘The lifeguards have all completed two weeks of intense training and are looking forward to returning to their posts on Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches this weekend. Hopefully you won’t need the lifeguards help, but by visiting a lifeguarded beach you get the peace of mind and reassurance that expert advice and assistance is available if needed. The lifeguards’ work is to advise, supervise and rescue those who need help on the beach or in the water.
‘When visiting a lifeguarded beach always make sure to bathe between the red and yellow flags. This area is closely monitored by the lifeguards throughout the day. The flags are set out daily and moved depending on the state of the tide by the lifeguard team.
‘We want people to enjoy the coastline and therefore urge people to respect the water and take extra care when visiting the coast, by taking some basic precautions. Plan your activity – check the weather and tide conditions before going to sea, and make sure your equipment is all in working order.
‘Carry a means of calling for help should something go wrong. If you see someone in trouble please don’t attempt the rescue yourself, alert a lifeguard or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
After the May half term an RNLI lifeguard service will be provided on both beaches every weekend between 10am-6pm until the start of the daily service on Saturday 29 June. The lifeguard service will continue throughout the school summer holidays, finishing on Sunday 1 September.
For further safety advice on how to stay safe on the beach this summer please visit rnli.org.uk.
RNLI media contact
For more information contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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.