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RNLI lifeguard patrols start at Dawlish and Teignmouth for busy summer season

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguard patrols have begun at Sandy Bay, Exmouth, Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth in preparation for the summer holidays. From Saturday 7 July, RNLI lifeguards will patrol local beaches from 10am-6pm daily throughout the summer.

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Beaches patrolled are:

Sandy Bay Beach: 7 July-2 September, 10am-6pm daily

Exmouth Beach: 26 May-2 September, 10am-6pm daily

Dawlish Warren Beach: 7 July – 2 September, 10am-6pm daily

Teignmouth North Beach: 26 May – 2 September, 10am-6pm daily

Teignmouth South Beach: 7 July- 2 September, 10am-6pm daily

Tim Smart, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said:

‘We advise visitors coming to the area to always keep an eye on the flags. Swimmers should always swim between the red and yellow flags and you should never enter the water when the red flags are displayed.

Due to the location of Exmouth beach on the River Exe, at certain states of the tide we quite often have to red flag the area due to the strong currents, so please keep an eye on the flags when visiting.

Exmouth Beach is also very popular with kite surfers. We advise kit surfers to always kite with another person if possible but if not, take a means of calling for help. Equipment failure does happen, so please bear this in mind and be prepared.

We want visitors to enjoy their time at our beaches but we advise you to check the tide times and weather conditions before arriving and feel free to ask any of our lifeguards for advice.’

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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, 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.

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