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RNLI lifeguards return to East Devon beaches for 2024 summer season

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards return to East Devon beaches ahead of the bank holiday weekend and beginning of school half term.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

It is anticipated that the late May Bank Holiday weekend will see large numbers of people heading to the coast and the RNLI is urging people hoping to get in the water to go to a lifeguarded beach.

RNLI Regional Lifeguard Lead for East Devon and South Hams, Rob Stuteley said:

‘Daily lifeguard patrols return on Teignmouth, Dawlish Warren and Sandy Bay this Saturday. The bank holiday weekend is usually a busy period and we want to make sure people have a good time in the water but remain safe whilst doing so.

‘The RNLI encourages those going to the coast head to a lifeguarded beach. If swimming or bodyboarding stay between the red and yellow flags and if you need any local information or are unsure about anything, please ask an RNLI lifeguard.’

RNLI lifeguards will also have patrols at Exmouth which has been lifeguarded since March.

The RNLI is urging anyone visiting the coast this bank holiday weekend to make sure they keep themselves and their families safe by following beach safety advice:  

  • Visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.  

  • Check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage to understand local risks.  

  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water – don’t allow your family to swim alone.  

  • 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.  

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For more information please contact Archie Connolly, Media Engagement Placement-South West on 07939 468283 or [email protected] or Emma Haines, Regional Communications Manager, on 07786 668847 or [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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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 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.

RNLI at 200

On 4 March 2024, the RNLI celebrates 200 years of saving lives at sea – thanks to volunteers giving their time to save others, all funded by voluntary public donations. Throughout its 200th anniversary year, the charity is running events and activities to commemorate its history, celebrate the lifesaving service it provides today, and inspire generations of future lifesavers and supporters. For more information visit RNLI.org/200.


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 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

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