RNLI lifeguards return to Welsh beaches
RNLI lifeguards will be returning to their posts across Wales from Saturday (25 May) to offer safety advice and assistance over the May half term.
The charity’s lifeguards will be on the following beaches to welcome those enjoying the half term holidays on the Welsh coast:
Denbighshire – Rhyl and Prestatyn.
Ceredigion - Borth, Aberystwyth North, Llangrannog, New Quay Harbour, Aberporth.
Pembrokeshire – Tenby South, Newgale Central, Whitesands
Carmarthenshire – Pembrey
Swansea - Langland, Caswell, Port Eynon, Three Cliffs Bay.
Neath and Port Talbot – Aberavon.
Vale of Glamorgan – Whitmore Bay
Bridgend – Rest Bay, Trecco Bay, Coney / Sandy Bay
A lifeguarding service will be provided everyday between 10am-6pm over the school half term. The lifeguard’s role is to advise, supervise and rescue those in trouble on the beach or in the water.
Joanna Price, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager said:
‘The lifeguards have all completed their intense training in the sunshine over the past few weeks and are looking forward to returning to beaches across Wales 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.’
For a full detailed list of lifeguard service dates in Wales as well as further safety advice please visit the RNLI website 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.