RNLI urges coastal visitors to stay safe

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RNLI urges coastal visitors to stay safe

Post by Wirral Council News » Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:03 pm

As school summer holidays come to an end, full time patrols on RNLI lifeguarded beaches will reduce their service from this weekend.

Members of the public are being urged by the charity to take extra care and be responsible when visiting the beach by knowing their limits and not taking risks.

RNLI lifeguard service will continue on West Kirby, Harrison Drive, New Brighton and Leasowe Bay between 10am and 6pm every Saturday and Sunday until 27 September.

If planning to visit the coast and use the water people are reminded to take additional care and follow the safety advice:

Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
Don’t allow your family to swim alone
Don’t use inflatables
If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float
In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard
Where possible, residents are encouraged to head to one of the lifeguarded beaches and to maintain social distancing and if that’s not possible, consider spending the day elsewhere.

Pete Rooney, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, said: “It has been an extremely busy summer for RNLI lifeguards with huge numbers of people visiting beaches in the North West of England and indeed across the UK.

“We know many people are still on furlough and not holidaying abroad, so it’s likely more people than usual will be visiting the UK coast this September. If you’re visiting the beach, take note of the safety signage at the entrance, go with a friend or tell someone on the shore where you’re going, and always be aware of the conditions and your own capabilities in the water.

“People walking on the coast should also check the weather forecast and tide times before setting out and carry a means of communication.”

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the challenges posed by lockdown restrictions earlier in the year, the RNLI has worked with Wirral Council and other local authorities and partners to provide lifeguards on 177 beaches across the UK this summer.

RNLI lifeguards adapted to new protocols this season to protect themselves and the public from the virus. This has included wearing PPE, enhanced cleaning of equipment and maintaining a two metre distance from others while carrying out their role.

RNLI lifeguards deal with a whole range of things, from sea rescues, to first aid incidents and lost children. Among the rescues carried out by lifeguards in the region this season were, the rescue of three people within a 10 minute period who were caught in a strong tidal current, the rescue of a capsized kayaker a kilometre from the beach, and the administration of first aid to a lady stung by a jellyfish who subsequently suffered an anaphylactic shock.

RNLI lifeboat crews have been operating throughout the pandemic and continue to be on call 24/7 ready to respond to emergencies.

For details of which beaches have RNLI lifeguard patrols in September and October, go to RNLI.org/find-my-nearest

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Published by Wirral Council News on Fri, 04 Sep 2020 www.wirral.gov.uk

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