Beach lifeguard season draws to a close
RNLI lifeguards are preparing to end their patrols on some beaches in Cornwall and Devon on Sunday as summer draws to a close.
However, a large number of beaches will continue with lifeguard cover throughout September and in to October and November.
Steve Instance, RNLI lifeguard manager, said: “The season on the majority of our beaches in the South West doesn’t end until the end of September so there’s still a wide variety of beaches that are patrolled by RNLI lifeguards and I would urge people to visit these.
“We’ve also taken into account the numbers of people who still want to venture in to the sea in October and of course during half term, and a number of key beaches will be patrolled at weekends in October and every day during the half term break.
“It’s worth remembering that if there’s no red and yellow flags flying that means there’s no lifeguard service operating.
“I would also recommend our Beach Finder mobile app, which makes it easy for people to find their nearest lifeguarded beach.”
In West Cornwall, patrols will end at 6pm on Sunday, September 8 at Peter’s Point, Marazion, Carbis Bay and Porthkidney.
The rescue charity will continue to provide lifeguard cover at Godrevy, Upton Towans, Beach View, Mexico, Hayle Towans, Porthminster, Gwenver, Sennen and Porthcurno until September 29.
Staff will be present at Gwithian and Porthcurno at weekends until the October half term when they will continue full time until closing for the winter on November 3.
In North Cornwall and North Devon, patrols will cease at Northcott and Crackington Haven on Sunday with all others continuing full time until September 29.
From then on the RNLI lifeguard teams will patrol at weekends throughout October at Croyde, Woolacombe, Widemouth, Summerleaze and Polzeath and will be on duty every day of the October half term.
In South Devon and South East Cornwall the lifeguards complete their patrols tomorrow at Sandy Bay, Exmouth, Dawlish Warren, Teignmouth, Hope Cove, Blackpool Sands, Slapton/Torcross, Thurlestone, Burgh Island and Tregonhawke.
At Tregantle, the beach will be patrolled at weekends throughout September. Lifeguards will remain on duty at Bantham at weekends through October and over half term.
The lifeguard season also ends tomorrow at Polurrian Cove, Gunwalloe and Porthleven. All other beaches have safety cover until the end of September when Perranporth, Porthtowan and Praa Sands will be the only beaches to continue weekend patrols through October and over the whole of the half term break.
In the Newquay area the patrols will end this weekend on South Fistral and at Crantock River, but RNLI lifeguards at all other beaches will carry on until the end of September.
Lifeguard cover will be provided at Fistral throughout October and over the half term, with volunteer weekend patrols continuing in November.