Stay safe and visit lifeguarded beaches in Bude this half term
By Em_Williams | Sunday, October 28, 2012, 21:28
With the October school half term upon us, the RNLI is calling on people in Bude to keep themselves and their families safe by visiting lifeguarded beaches. RNLI lifeguards will be providing safety cover on Summerleaze and Widemouth from Saturday 27 October through to Sunday 4 November.
(Pic from RNLI-Nathan Williams)
The other lifeguarded beaches in Cornwall during this time will be Praa Sands, Gwithian, Porthmeor, Porthtowan, Perranporth and Polzeath. Meanwhile for the second year running, Newquay's Fistral has full time cover during October and the half term week, and will also be patrolled during weekends in November with RNLI lifeguards volunteering to operate this cover.
RNLI Lifeguard Inspector Steve Instance says: "'Thanks to additional funding from local authorities and private beach owners, the charity is again able to extend the lifeguard season into October on a selection of beaches providing safety cover for those looking to prolong the summer season and enjoy the favourable surf conditions that autumn can bring.
We encourage people heading to the coast during half term to visit these beaches where the charity's lifesavers will be on hand to keep people safe, offering useful advice to help prevent accidents and a rapid reaction if something does go wrong."
He adds: "Of course the charity's volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews remain on call 24 hours a day ready to respond to anyone in difficulty around the coast. However it's essential that people are aware of the dangers and know how to look after themselves in the water to prevent incidents.
We recommend that people take note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, always go with a friend or tell someone on the shore where they are going and be aware of the conditions and their own capabilities in the water.
If water users should find themselves in difficulty they should keep hold of their surf or bodyboard as it'll help keep them afloat.
Walkers should also find out about the local weather conditions and tide times and avoid visiting more remote parts of the shoreline when the tide is coming in."
More safety advice can be found at rnli.org.uk