RNLI lifeguards will be back on North Devon’s beaches ready for the summer season from this May.

The lifeguards return to patrol Woolacombe and Croyde beaches from this Saturday (May 4), returning after patrolling the beaches for the Easter weekend last month.

They return to Westward Ho! and Sandymere from Saturday, May 18. Patrols at all the beaches will run from 10am to 6pm daily.

The RNLI is urging all beach-goers to follow their advice and stay safe this summer.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Rob Stuteley said: "It's that time again when the RNLI lifeguards make a welcome return to beaches around the south west coastline. "The lifeguard teams were on patrol on a number of beaches over the Easter holidays and we look forward to keeping beach-goers safe over the summer season.

"Whether you are local or visiting on holiday, we'd urge beach-goers to head to an RNLI lifeguarded beach and to swim in the supervised area between the red and yellow flags.

"If you are planning on getting in the water, it's worth remembering that the sea temperature is still cold so it's important people wear a suitable wetsuit.

"Try and stay within your depth and follow the lifeguard's advice. 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 if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

"It is also very important to check the tide times before setting out and always carry a means of calling for help in case you should get caught out."