July 9, 2016
RNLI lifeguards start summer duty on Burnham and Berrow beaches

RNLI Lifeguards are back on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches from this weekend for the summer season.

From today (Saturday, July 9th), they are on the two beaches daily from 10am until 6pm to provide safety patrols.

The RNLI lifeguards are providing an additional service at Burnham and Berrow beaches alongside the Sedgemoor-employed beach wardens.

Luke Penman, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: "All our lifeguards are very much looking forward to returning to Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches this summer."

"We encourage those thinking of a trip to the coast over the summer months to always visit a lifeguarded beach and 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, so 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 assistant; or if something happens outside of the lifeguarding hours phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

A Sedgemoor District Council spokesperson added: "The RNLI Lifeguards are providing an additional service at Burnham and Berrow Beaches alongside the Sedgemoor-employed Beach Wardens."

"We advise all beach users to closely follow safety signage and listen to any advice and warning information issued by our Beach Wardens or the RNLI Lifeguards – staff are there to ensure your safety."


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