RNLI lifeguards will be back on the beaches over the long Easter weekend in North Devon.

RNLI lifeguards will be returning to North Devon's beaches for the Easter weekend.

Patrols will begin again at Woolacombe and Croyde from tomorrow (Friday) until Monday.

Steve Instance, senior lifeguard manager, said: 'We are looking forward to being back on the beaches in Devon and Cornwall; keeping people safe over the Easter break.

"Once again, the lifeguards have all completed their training and passed all fitness and first aid tests to ensure that we provide a high quality service again this year.

"We encourage people heading to the coast over the Easter break to choose to visit beaches with RNLI lifeguard patrols, as the lifeguard team will be on hand to offer safety advice and help people should they get into difficulty.

"Always swim between the red and yellow flags.

"If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.

"If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard, or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

RNLI lifeguards will once again be visiting schools across the south west throughout April as part of the 'Meet the Lifeguards' programme which educates children on how to stay safe at the beach.