RNLI launches new lifeguard service on Perranuthnoe beach
The RNLI has launched a lifeguard service at Perranuthnoe beach. Working in partnership with Cornwall Council, the charity’s lifeguards took up their posts at the weekend (Saturday 9 July).
Phil Drew, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, worked closely with Cornwall Councillor Sue Nicholas to establish safety cover at the beach this year.
Phil said: ‘Perranuthnoe is becoming a very popular beach so we are very pleased to be able to extend our lifeguard patrols there this summer. Our lifeguards have completed their training and are looking forward to providing new safety cover at this beach.
‘We always advise that you chose a lifeguarded beach when heading to the coast and swim between the red and yellow flags. RNLI lifeguards are fully trained in all aspects of beach safety so we would encourage anyone visiting the beach with any queries to speak to a lifeguard, who will be more than willing to help or offer expert advice.’
Sue Nicholas, Cornwall Councillor for Marazion and Perranuthnoe, said: ‘We carried out a survey last year in Perranuthnoe and there was overwhelming support to launch a lifeguard service, including from the parish council, local businesses and visitors to the area.
‘Lots of families use the beach and it is fantastic to know that lifeguards will now be on hand to help keep beachgoers safe over the summer holidays.’
The RNLI now provides a lifeguard service on 58 beaches across Cornwall.
Joyce Duffin, Portfolio holder for Housing and Environment at Cornwall Council, added: ‘Cornwall Council is very pleased to support the seasonal RNLI lifeguard service on Perranuthnoe beach. We believe that it will be beneficial to the safety of the beach and water users, whilst also enhancing the overall visitor experience to the beach.’
Notes to editors
• Photo shows Phil Drew, RNLI lifeguard manager, Laura Aspen, RNLI lifeguard, Henry Mander, RNLI senior lifeguard, Ollie Shilston, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, Cornwall Councillor Sue Nicholas and Cornwall Councillor, Joyce Duffin.
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