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RNLI Lifeguards and Polzeath community work together to save lives on the coast

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifesaving equipment has been made available for trained lifesavers to use in Polzeath outside of lifeguard hours.

RNLI lifeguards and members of the Polzeath community have founded the Polzeath Community Lifesaving Project and together created an after-hours response unit accessible to trained community lifesavers. The response unit contains a rescue board, wetsuit, rescue tubes, fins and a casualty care responder bag outside of Polzeath lifesaving club.

As part of the project, several members of the surf lifesaving club and local surf schools have been trained to use the equipment and effectively respond to an emergency. There is also a telephone situated next to the unit to dial 999.

Whilst this unit is helpful outside of lifeguard cover, the project urges members of the public to visit a lifeguarded beach during the day. Lifeguard cover at Polzeath beach is between 10am-6pm, daily until 30 September with cover extended during periods of bad weather or high spring tides. The RNLI have also recently launched their Respect the Water campaign and the project aims to highlight the importance of respecting the water to all those visiting the coast during the busy summer months.

John Bull, RNLI lifeguard supervisor and member of the Community Lifesaving Project said:

‘This is a great opportunity to work together as a community to protect those visiting the coast and provide the tools available to perform a rescue in the event of an emergency. The RNLI has been working with coastal communities to help keep people safe when lifeguards are not on duty and providing access to lifesaving equipment is just one way the charity is doing this. We are always looking for people to get involved in the project so please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.’

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