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RNLI lifeguards will be returning to their posts today for the May bank holiday weekend


RNLI lifeguards will be back at their posts ready to offer safety advice and assistance on four of Sefton’s beaches as the public head to the coast to enjoy the bank holiday sunshine. The RNLI lifeguards have all completed vital training and are looking forward to returning to the beaches to offer safety advice and assistance over the bank holiday weekend. A safety service provided by the charity’s lifeguards will be offered from Saturday morning (4 May) between the hours of 10am-6pm throughout the bank holiday weekend. A lifeguard safety service will be provided on Formby, Crosby, Ainsdale and Southport over the bank holiday weekend. Chris Cousens, RNLI Safety Partner, offers the following advice to anyone enjoying the coast this weekend: “While the sun might be shining over the bank holiday weekend, we’d like to remind people that the sea is still extremely cold and that conditions can change quickly around the coast. If you find yourself suffering from the effects of cold water shock after going into the sea (intentionally or unintentionally), fight your instincts to thrash about or try to swim – instead, relax and float on your back until the effects have passed and you can swim to safety.” “We want people to enjoy the coastline and therefore urge people to respect the water and take extra care when visiting the coast, by taking some basic precautions. Plan your activity – check the weather and tide conditions before going to sea, and make sure your equipment is all in working order.” “Carry a means of calling for help should something go wrong. If you see someone in trouble please don’t attempt the rescue yourself, alert a lifeguard or call ‪999‬ and ask for the Coastguard.” For further safety advice on how to stay safe on the beach this summer please visit rnli.org.uk. RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling the following beaches in the North West over the bank holiday weekend: West Kirby, Moreton, Harrison Drive, Plateaux, New Brighton, Formby, Crosby, Ainsdale and Southport.

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