RNLI joins forces with Devon Cliffs to keep families safe

PUBLISHED: 12:45 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

LIFEGUARDS and Sandy Bay Holiday Park have teamed up to keep children and other beach users safe this summer.

LIFEGUARDS and Sandy Bay Holiday Park have teamed up to keep children and other beach users safe this summer.

RNLI lifeguards are patrolling Sandy Bay beach from next week so families can enjoy having a summer dip in safety.

Families who book their holiday at the Devon Cliffs Caravan Park will receive a complimentary RNLI safety pack - complete with safety stickers, flags, posters and their 'On the Beach' guide.

This booklet is packed full of advice on how to stay safe - while families can also opt to receive daily weather reports by text during their stay.

And for the second year running the RNLI are providing a lifeguard service at Sandy Bay, running from Saturday July 5 until September 30, between 10am and 6pm.

In 2007 over 3500 people visited the beach over the summer - and the lifeguards responded to 76 incidents, aiding 96 people.

Kelly Keating, RNLI Beach Programmes Manager said: "The RNLI are delighted to be working with Haven on this scheme. Providing families with beach safety information before they arrive will ensure they are armed with sufficient knowledge to take simple safety precautions so that they enjoy a safe summer on the beach.

"We always advise people to choose a life guarded beach when intending to use the sea.

"RNLI lifeguards begin patrols on Sandy Bay for the second year and they already provide a valuable service on Exmouth main beach, and work alongside the local volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew to provide a joined-up rescue service from the beach to the open sea."

John Ball, Environment Manager at Devon Cliffs said: "We are delighted to have the RNLI lifeguards back at Sandy Bay this summer.

"They provide a truly first class service and we are also delighted to be taking part in their new beach safety campaign in the South West. This provides a very valuable service to our holidaymakers, as well as many fun activities for children.

"It is always a good idea for people going to any beach to have an understanding of beach safety, especially for those with young families coming to the beach for the first time.

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