RNLI lifeguards return to Cefn Sidan beach
RNLI lifeguards are making final preparations ready for their seasonal return to Cefn Sidan beach this weekend.
Working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council, the charity’s lifeguards will be back at their posts from 10am on Saturday 21 May. Lifeguard safety cover will be available on the beach every weekend until the end of June; then from 2 July to the 4 September the safety patrols will increase to a daily service for the summer holidays.
RNLI lifeguards assisted more than 900 people across 32 of Wales’ busiest beaches last year.
Jacob Davies, South Wales RNLI Lifeguard Manager said: ‘The summer has now arrived and we’re seeing more and more people choosing to enjoy the sun on the Welsh coast.
‘The most important messages that we ask people to remember this season is to visit a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags. By staying between the flags you can be assured that professional lifeguards are keeping a watchful eye to make sure that everyone is safe as they enjoy their day at the beach.’
‘If you find yourself or anyone else in trouble please raise your hand and call for help. It is very important that you don’t try and attempt the rescue yourself – the situation could easily turn and you could find yourself in trouble too. RNLI lifeguards are all highly trained and will come to your assistant. If you have any doubts, chat to one of the lifeguards at the beach and they will be more than happy to provide you with advice.’
Councillor Meryl Gravell, Carmarthenshire County Council Executive Board Member for Leisure, said:
'We are very glad to have the RNLI lifeguards back on our sands at Cefn Sidan this summer. Our award-winning beach is a huge attraction for people of all ages who love to take a dip in the shore, but it is so vitally important to listen to the safety messages and stay safe. The lifeguards do a wonderful job and it is reassuring to know that they will have a strong presence on our beach once again.'
This year RNLI lifeguards will be providing a daily safety service from 10am-6pm on 39 Welsh beaches over the busy summer months. For more tips on how to stay safe on the coast this summer visit the RNLI website www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety or download the charity’s beach safety mobile app.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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