RNLI lifeguards return to Exmouth and Sandy Bay

Exmouth and Sandy Bay beaches will be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards for the summer season.

RNLI lifeguards return to Exmouth beach from this weekend, where they will patrol throughout the summer season.

The RNLI lifesaving team will begin their safety patrols on Saturday May 28, to coincide with the bank holiday weekend.

RNLI lifeguards will patrol five beaches in East Devon - Sandy Bay (starts July 2), Exmouth, Teignmouth north, Teignmouth South and Dawlish Warren.

Julian Smart, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for Teignmouth and Exmouth, said the lifeguards were currently busy with their pre-season induction programme to ensure they were fully-trained in communication skills, first aid and rescue techniques.

He said: “‘Ninety-five per cent of a lifeguard’s role is preventative, and we urge all visitors to visit the beaches and seek out the lifeguards to gain vital local knowledge, including tide times and any potential hazards to avoid.”

Barry Heathfield, divisional lifeguard manager for East Devon, said: “We are very pleased to have such a high number of lifeguards returning this summer and we are all looking forward to a busy and safe season starting this weekend.”

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In 2010, RNLI lifeguards dealt with 521 incidents and assisted 483 people on the five beaches around Exmouth and Teignmouth.

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