There will be limited lifeguard cover this summer on Jersey's beaches, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The RNLI have had to pause the training of recruits because of distancing measures.

It means fully operational lifeguards will only be stationed at St Ouen's Bay.

There will also be a reduced service at St Brelade's Bay which will come into effect this weekend.

The lifeguards here will have limited equipment and so will only be able to provide an observational patrol, with the ability to escalate any potential incident very quickly to the Coastguard, who will deploy the appropriate rescue asset.

Despite this, RNLI Lifeguards are encouraging swimmers to visit St Ouen's Bay, where RNLI Lifeguards are on full duty.

Swimmers are encouraged to visit St Ouen's Bay, where RNLI Lifeguards are on full duty. Credit: ITV Channel TV

We do have an observational task down at St Brelade's this weekend and next week. They will be there observing stats, however we do recommend people come and speak to us when we are down there, we can advise the safest place to swim but we would still strongly recommend if you're going swimming this weekend to go to St Ouen's bay and look for the red and yellow flags at Le Braye.

Jake Powell, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor

Jersey's Assistant Economic Minister for Development, Senator Steve Pallett told ITV News he is working closely with the UK RNLI to ensure there is a full service up and running this summer.

Senator Steve Pallett says he is working closely with the UK RNLI to ensure there is a full service up and running this summer. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Well it has taken some time to get recruitment back up to where it needs to be and training where it needs to be. This was happening prior to Covid-19 striking and it is going to take some time to get that recruitment and training where they need to be. The training standards are really high for our RNLI Lifeguards, as it should be, and there are new procedures that they have got to implement around Covid-19 as well. So praise to them for getting back to St Ouen's Bay so quickly and hopefully we will have a lifeguard service in St Brelade in the next few days.

Senator Steve Pallett, Jersey's Assistant Economics Minister
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