RNLI lifeguard summer season patrols end on Exmouth and Sandy Bay beaches

RNLI lifeguard patrols on Exmouth and Sandy Bay end today (Sunday, September 6) and the public is urged to take extra care if going into the water.

The sea safety charity has announced Exmouth is among nine South West beaches where lifeguard patrols will finish, to coincide with the end of school summer holidays.

Other South West beaches with RNLI lifeguard services will remain on patrol until at least September 27, the charity said.

Tom Mansell, RNLI regional lifesaving lead, said: “It has been an extremely busy summer for RNLI lifeguards with huge numbers of people visiting beaches in the South West.

“Our lifeguards have worked really hard and have done a fantastic job of keeping people safe at the beach while working during a pandemic. They deserve great credit for the commitment and dedication they have shown.”

He added: “We know many people are still on furlough and not holidaying abroad, so it’s likely more people than usual will be visiting the coast in September and October.

“If you’re visiting the beach, please head to a lifeguarded one if possible, take note of the safety signage at the entrance, go with a friend or tell someone on the shore where you’re going, and always be aware of the conditions and your own capabilities in the water.”

South West RNLI lifeguard beach patrols finishing on Sunday, September 6, are: Burnham-on-Sea (Somerset) Lyme Regis (Dorset), West Bay (Dorset), Dawlish Warren (Devon), Teignmouth North (Devon), Blackpool Sands (Devon), Millrock – part of Woolacombe beach (Devon), Exmouth (Devon), Crackington Haven (Cornwall).

For details of which beaches have RNLI lifeguard patrols in September and October, see here.

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