Beach angels back in North Devon
RNLI LIFEGUARDS will be back patrolling North Devon beaches during the four days of the Easter weekend, from Friday, April 10 until Monday, April 13. The reassuring sight of the now-familiar red and yellow RNLI Lifeguard livery will greet visitors and loc
RNLI LIFEGUARDS will be back patrolling North Devon beaches during the four days of the Easter weekend, from Friday, April 10 until Monday, April 13.The reassuring sight of the now-familiar red and yellow RNLI Lifeguard livery will greet visitors and locals alike to the beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Westward Ho!In fact the guards at Woolacombe dealt with 507 incidents and assisted 606 people in 2208, making it the busiest individual beach in the South West."Both Croyde and Woolacombe beaches are very popular surf spots and although we had a dismal summer, the weather does not deter people from going into the water," said Vaughan Lawson, the RNLI Area Lifeguard Manager for North Devon."So although lifeguards dealt with less minor incidents, such as lost children and weaver fish stings, typical of large crowds on the beach, they were still extremely busy dealing with the water related incidents."RNLI lifeguards, patrolling 89 South West beaches, dealt with 8,423 incidents in total, assisted 9,801 people and saved 39 lives. "During the peak season there are 13 RNLI lifeguards patrolling both Croyde and Woolacombe beaches, 95 per cent of their work is preventative, monitoring bathing or surfing," added Mr Lawson."Should anyone be unfortunate to experience difficulties the lifeguards will be ready to carry out rescue and appropriate first aid, so visitors to the area know that they can enjoy the beach in safety.