RNLI 'pauses' rollout of lifeguard patrols at North West beaches

The rollout of lifeguard patrols at beaches in the North West has been 'paused' by the RNLI because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Wirral, beaches at West Kirby, Moreton, Harrison Drive, The Plateaux, New Brighton were due to be patrolled from 4 April.

In Sefton, patrols at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport - a service due to commence on 10 April - has also been paused.

The decision has been taken to ensure lifeguards adhere to the Government’s instructions to limit contact between people and encourage the public to do the same.

RNLI lifeboat stations remain on service.

The RNLI is asking everyone to carefully consider the need to go to visit the beach, the coast or go into the water in case they get into difficulty.

RNLI water safety advice:

  • Take care if walking near cliffs, know your limitations

  • Check the weather forecast and tide times

  • If going afloat, carry a means for calling for help and always wear a lifejacket

  • 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 any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard

  • Let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back.