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New beach demonstrations set up by RNLI lifeguards in south Cornwall

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards in south Cornwall have started regular demonstrations promoting community lifesaving to beach goers.


RNLI lifeguards completing the beach demonstrations

The demonstrations are running every Tuesday at Praa Sands, Porthleven, Gunwalloe and Kennack Sands. They aim to inform beach goers of key safety messages and the important work the charity carries out. Beach goers are informed of the demonstrations throughout the day and anyone is welcome to attend.

The demonstrations are carried out by Emily Theobald, a local lifeguard and include a beach safety talk and an explanation of the casualty care equipment the lifeguards use on the beach. This is then followed by a rescue demonstration with a running commentary explaining the process of the rescue and the equipment used as well as some information about how to get involved with lifeguarding such as the qualifications needed.

Leaflets are then made available to the attendees of the demonstrations with information about the RNLI’s #RespectTheWater campaign and specific sea safety advice such as kayaking.

Andy Thomas, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said:

‘This is a fantastic way to spread our key safety messages to beach goers in a friendly but informative way. These demonstrations have proved really popular and we hope to continue them throughout the summer holidays. Keep an eye on our Facebook page ‘RNLI South Cornwall Lifeguards’ for more information about when and where these demonstrations are taking place!

We encourage anyone on the beach to attend the demonstrations and to ask questions throughout. However, please feel free to come and ask the lifeguards on duty at the beach for advice at any time, even if the demonstrations aren’t running that day.’

Notes to Editor

  • The beach demonstrations are running at the following beaches throughout the summer holidays: Praa Sands, Porthleven, Gunwalloe and Kennack Sands
  • RNLI lifeguards patrol over 249 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands


RNLI lifeguards completing a rescue demonstration

Key facts about the RNLI

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, Carrybridge 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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