The lifeguards are back on North Devon’s beaches

RNLI Lifeguards are returning to their summer patrols on the beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde from Friday.

With Easter falling later than usual, closely followed by the Royal Wedding and May Day bank holidays, the charity’s lifeguards are preparing for a busy couple of weeks.

During Easter and May Day weekends last year, the lifeguards responded to 102 incidents and helped 120 people on what are some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

“For those planning a trip to the beach, the RNLI’s advice is to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, which is the area most closely monitored by the lifeguards,” said Phil Hill, Divisional Lifeguard Manager for Devon.

Top tips for anyone planning a beach trip include:


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* Swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags.

* Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas.

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* Check tide times before you go.

* 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. If you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

For more information visit www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety or www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety.

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