RNLI lifeguard patrols to continue at Le Braye into October

Lifeguards News Release

With the RNLI lifeguard season tapering off this weekend (Sunday 27 September), Jersey will still be providing a lifeguard service on Le Braye at St Ouens during weekends in October and throughout the school half-term week.

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St Ouens lifeguards

The charity is urging those still visiting other beaches across Jersey to heed the RNLI’s beach safety advice.

Jersey will see it’s last day of lifeguard patrols for the year at St Ouens and St Brelade’s Bay this Sunday 27 September, finishing at 6pm.

Alongside responding to incidents in the water, providing casualty care for both minor and major first aids, and helping locate lost children, Jersey’s RNLI lifeguards have carried out many preventative actions throughout the summer, with their advice and interventions preventing many more incidents occurring.

Jake Elms, RNLI lead lifeguard supervisor for Jersey says:

‘It's been an unusual summer for everyone, and a really busy one on the beaches in Jersey with travel plans disrupted for many, people have chosen to holiday at home and make the most of our stunning beaches.

October typically sees bigger surf conditions and stronger winds and although the air temperature has dropped, the water temperature is still very warm as it’s been heated throughout the summer.

Those wanting to make the most of the milder conditions before the short winter days approach should head to Le Braye at St Ouens where a lifeguard service is still operating at weekends and during the October half-term week (24 October to 1 November).

Those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach can help keep themselves safe by taking note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, going with a friend or telling someone on the shore where they are going, at the same time always being aware of the conditions and their own capabilities in the water. Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water.

Those who enjoy walking and exploring the coastline should check the weather forecast and local tide times before setting out, and carry a means of communication.

If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float. In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard’

RNLI lifeboat crews have been operating throughout the pandemic and continue to be on call 24/7 ready to respond to emergencies when their pager goes off.’

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