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RNLI reminder to stay safe on Cornwall's beaches

By AliceWright  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

RNLI lifeguard on patrol at Perranporth beach. Photo: RNLI, Nathan Williams

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The RNLI has issued a reminder to families andindividuals to stay safe by visiting lifeguarded beaches this October halfterm.

RNLI lifeguards will be providing safety cover on Praa Sands, Gwithian,Porthmeor, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Polzeath, Widemouth and Summerleaze in Cornwallfrom Saturday October 27 through to Sunday November 4.

For the second year running Fistral has full time cover during October and thehalf term week, and will also be patrolled during weekends in November
 with RNLI lifeguards volunteering to operate this cover.

RNLI Lifeguard Inspector Steve Instance said: "Thanks to additionalfunding from local authorities and private beach owners, the charity is againable to extend the lifeguard season into October on a selection of beaches,providing safety cover for those looking to prolong the summer season and enjoythe favourable surf conditions that autumn can bring.

"We encourage people heading to the coast during half term to visitthese beaches where the charity's lifesavers will be on hand to
 keep people safe, offering useful advice to help prevent accidents and arapid reaction if something does go wrong.

"Of course the charity's volunteer RNLI lifeboatcrews remain on call 24 hours a day ready to respond to anyone in difficultyaround the coast. However, it's essential that people are aware of the dangersand know how to look after themselves in the water to prevent incidents.

"We recommend that people take note of the safety signage at theentrance to the beach, always go with a friend or tell someone on the shorewhere they are going and be aware of the conditions and their own capabilitiesin the water.

If water users should find themselvesin difficulty they should keep hold of their surf or bodyboard as it'll helpkeep them afloat.

Walkers should also find out aboutthe local weather conditions and tide times and avoid visiting more remoteparts of the shoreline when the tide is coming in."

More safety advice can be found at


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