RNLI lifeguards will be back on North Devon’s beaches from this May.

The RNLI has advised beach and water users to stick to an RNLI lifeguard patrolled beach in North Devon. Picture: RNLI/Nigel MillardThe RNLI has advised beach and water users to stick to an RNLI lifeguard patrolled beach in North Devon. Picture: RNLI/Nigel Millard

The lifeguards return to patrol on Woolacombe Beach from this Saturday (May 5) for bank holiday weekend.

They have been patrolling at Croyde since March and they return to Westward Ho! and Sandymere on May 19.

With some summer sunshine forecast for this bank holiday weekend, the RNLI is reminding people to head to a lifeguarded beach if possible.

Steve Instance of the RNLI said: “We’re hopeful for sunshine this bank holiday, but whatever the weather throws at us, we can expect the beaches to be busy as visitors and locals enjoy their holidays.

“If you are planning on getting in the water, it’s worth remembering the sea temperature is still very cold so it’s important people wear a suitable wetsuit and bring warm clothes to change into.

“We urge beachgoers to head to an RNLI lifeguarded beach and to swim and body board in the supervised area marked out by the red and yellow flags.

“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 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

“It’s also important to check the tide times, which are available at the local lifeboat stations, harbour offices and at the entrance to all RNLI lifeguarded beaches or by searching your nearest beach online.

“Always take a means of calling for help in case you should get caught out.”

To find your nearest lifeguarded beach visit rnli.org