Two of Jersey’s RNLI lifeguarded beaches will finish patrols for the 2021 season

Lifeguards News Release

This Sunday (12 September) Plémont and Greve de Lecq beaches will conclude their Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguard service, with daily patrols continuing St Ouen’s Bay, Le Braye and St Brelade’s Bay.

Jersey RNLI

During the peak summer season, RNLI lifeguards operate on four beaches across the island giving people a wide range of choice when planning a visit to the coast whilst enjoying the warm summer months.

As we move towards autumn, the lifesaving charity use a staggered approach to withdraw the lifeguard service based on a variety of factors including visitor numbers, previous incident statistics and local hazards.

Although two of the beaches will finish operations at the end of the weekend, there are still two RNLI lifeguarded beaches in Jersey that will continue to operate a daily lifeguard service between 10am-6pm.

Nathan Elms, one of the RNLI Lifeguard Supervisors in Jersey says,

‘We always stress the importance of going to a lifeguarded beach when planning a trip to the coast, especially if you are heading in the water. This is because our lifeguards are there to inform you of any potential dangers and are always ready to respond in an emergency should you need their help. Remember to always swim between the red and yellow flags, where the lifeguards can see you.

Now that we are moving away from summer, the beaches will begin to close as part of a planned withdrawal of the lifeguard service, so please check what beaches will have cover by regularly visiting the RNLI website.’

The lifeguards in Jersey have had a very busy summer, with lots of people enjoying the beach. The charity has recently launched the RNLI Lifeguard Appeal with the aim of raising the vital funds needed to train its lifeguards to carry out their lifesaving work.

Dave Nicoll, Fundraising and Partnership Lead for the RNLI says,

‘RNLI lifeguards in Jersey have been working extremely hard throughout spring and summer to deliver a world-class lifeguard service, allowing thousands of people to enjoy their time at the beach with friends and family.

We are now looking to those people to help us raise the money needed to train our lifeguards in casualty care and lifesaving techniques. So, if you were helped by one of our lifeguards this summer, or if you simply want to make a kind donation, please visit our JustGiving page.’

To make a donation to the RNLI’s Lifeguard Appeal, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SW-Lifeguard-Appeal-2021

If you ever see anyone in trouble in the water, alert the lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

To find your nearest lifeguarded beach visit: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

Notes to editors

· Please find attached an image of RNLI lifeguards on patrol at St Ouen’s Bay (credit: RNLI)

· To support the RNLI’s lifeguard appeal, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SW-Lifeguard-Appeal-2021

· Follow the link to see which beaches are currently lifeguarded https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/beaches-with-lifeguards-on-patrol

· To support the RNLI’s lifesavers, go to: www.rnli.org/donate

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