RNLI extends lifeguard service on Bridlington South Beach until end of September

Lifeguards will be on daily duty on the beach until 27 September. Credit: PA Images

The RNLI is extending its lifeguard service on Bridlington South Beach on the east coast.

Lifeguards will be on daily duty on the beach until 27 September as the RNLI expects more visitors to the coast than normal at this time of year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the RNLI is urging coastal visitors to other areas to take extra care as patrols on a number of other beaches in Yorkshire have come to the end with the school autumn term underway.

If intending to swim in the water people are encouraged to head to a lifeguarded beach, but to maintain social distancing and if that’s not possible, consider spending their day elsewhere.

Gareth Morrison, RNLI Head of Water Safety, said; "We know many people are still on furlough and not holidaying abroad, so it's likely more people than usual will be visiting the UK coast this September."

He continued:

During the pandemic, RNLI lifeguards have adapted to new protocols this season to protect themselves and the public from the virus. This has included wearing PPE, enhanced cleaning of equipment and maintaining a 2 metre distance from others while carrying out their role.

Councillor Shaun Horton, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's portfolio holder for coastalregeneration and tourism, said:

The RNLI has provided the following safety advice for those planning to visit to a beach or the coast:

  • Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage

  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water

  • Don’t allow your family to swim alone

  • Don’t use inflatables

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

  • In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard

To find your nearest beach with RNLI lifeguard patrols, click here.