RNLI lifeguards return to Sedgemoor’s beaches

Lifeguards are back on Sedgemoor District Council-managed beaches in Somerset.

From 8 July, RNLI lifeguards will be returning daily to Burnham-on-Sea and Berrow to begin their full time safety patrols from 10:00 until 18:00.

They will provide an additional service alongside the Sedgemoor-employed beach wardens until 10 September.

A district council spokesperson said: “All beach users are urged to follow safety signage and listen to any advice and warning information issued by Sedgemoor’s Beach Wardens or the RNLI Lifeguards. The staff are there to ensure your safety.”

The lifeguards have completed two weeks of training ahead of the start of the summer season and have visited 19 local schools to teach local children about beach safety: some 3,000 children have been spoken to.

Burnham-on-Sea beach – picture copyright: Julian Osley

Luke Penman, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “All our lifeguards are very much looking forward to returning to Sedgemoor beaches this summer.

“We encourage those thinking of a trip to the coast over the summer months to always visit a lifeguarded beach. If you’re heading into the sea, please respect the water and swim between the red and yellow flags, which have been designated as the safest swimming areas by lifeguards.

“RNLI lifeguards are fully trained in all aspects of beach safety. If you have any questions please approach a lifeguard who will be more than happy to help or offer expert advice.

“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 will come to your assistance. If something happens outside of the lifeguarding hours, phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”