The RNLI is reminding people to stay safe when visiting the coastline as lifeguards patrols across North Devon start to wind down.

The RNLI is reminding visitors to the coast to consider their safety as lifeguard patrols come to a close.

Croyde and Woolacombe will have patrols until October 29, covering half-term, while Westward Ho! and Sandymere will be patrolled until October 1.

Simon Crayfourd, area lifesaving manager, said: ‘We would always advise people to visit a lifeguarded beach where possible.

“Quite a few of the beaches in Devon will be patrolled by lifeguards until the last weekend in October.

“If there are no red and yellow flags flying on the beach this means there is no lifeguard service operating.”

The RNLI advises that if you’re walking at the coast to check the tide times before setting out and carry a means of communication to call for help if needed.

Simon added: “It is important to consider the ways that you can keep yourselves safe if you visit when lifeguards are not on duty, such as taking note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, telling someone on the shore where you are going and when you are due back, being aware of the conditions and your own capabilities in the water and never swimming alone.”