Sedgemoor RNLI lifeguards are live at Burnham-on-Sea and Brean beaches

RNLI lifeguards will return to Burnham-on-Sea beach and will additionally provide a lifeguard service to Brean beach from this Saturday (July 2) until Sunday September 4. The charity urges visitors to the Sedgemoor coast to visit one of these supervised beaches.

Matt Whitley, RNLI Senior Lifeguard Supervisor for North Devon and Somerset, says:

“We are delighted to support Sedgemoor District Council by providing a lifeguard service at these two Sedgemoor beaches and encourage the public to choose Burnham-on-Sea or Brean Beach if they are planning a day on the coast this summer.

“Sedgemoor District Council is providing a beach lifeguard service from Easter which also covers Berrow Beach and we are pleased to be able to provide additional lifeguard support at two of the three beaches in the area.”

Last year (2021) RNLI lifeguards covering the South West handled 11,216 incidents, assisted 13,664 people and saved 57 lives and the charity’s lifeguards expect a busy year ahead .

The RNLI urges anyone visiting the coast this summer to keep themselves and their families safe by following beach safety advice:

· Visit a supervised beach and swim between red and yellow flags.

· Check weather forecasts, tide times and read local danger signs to understand local risks.

· Keep an eye on your family – on the beach and in the water – don’t leave your family swimming alone.

· If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to struggle, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float.

· In an emergency, dial 999/112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Matt continues;

“The RNLI have run a few lifeguard courses as the season approaches and we have six lifeguards from last year returning to the beaches on Saturday (July 2).

“The RNLI is looking to extend the lifeguard service to all three beaches along the Burnham-on-Sea stretch for 2023 and would welcome a conversation with anyone interested in finding out more. Please contact Luke Penman at
[email protected]

Notes to Editors

Please see attached photos of RNLI lifeguards at Burnham-on-Sea, credit Luke Penman

To find the nearest lifeguarded beach, please visit: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

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