Expectations Exmouth beach could be ‘exceptionally busy’ this year as lockdown is lifted has prompted the call for earlier RNLI lifeguard patrols.
The sea safety charity this week announced its lifeguards will patrol Exmouth beach over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, April 2 until Monday, April 5.
RNLI lifeguards will provide four days of cover over the Easter weekend and also every weekend and bank holiday up until May 29.
From May 29 full-time patrols begin on Exmouth beach until September 5, when they are scaled down to a weekend-only service, ending on September 30.
The Exmouth Easter beach patrols – a first for the town – were requested by East Devon District Council (EDDC).
Henry Irvine, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Exmouth, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to provide additional safety cover on Exmouth beach this Easter.
“While lockdown restrictions will remain in place, we expect people will want to make the most of their time off over the long Bank Holiday weekend and for many this may involve visiting the coast.”
He added: “RNLI lifeguards will provide four days of cover over the Easter weekend and on weekends and bank holidays up until 29 May, when they will then provide full time patrols as is their usual service on Exmouth beach until 5 September when patrols will be weekends only until the end of the month.”
An EDDC spokesman said: “We are pleased that this year we will be able to have lifeguard cover from before Easter and this will continue throughout this coming summer which we expect to be exceptionally busy.”
The RNLI said it has been working with partners ‘behind the scenes’ through the coronavirus lockdown to recruit, train and prepare its lifeguards for what is expected to be another busy summer on UK beaches.
The lifeguard patrols will be phased in at a number of South West beaches – including Exmouth – at the start of the Easter weekend,
The number of locations will increase through the season until the peak school summer holidays when more than 89 beaches across the region will be patrolled, the RNLI said.