Wednesday, July 16 - RNLI continuing to serve through looming coastguard strike

PUBLISHED: 15:41 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

AS coastguards again prepare to strike the RNLI confirms lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews in the South West will continue to save lives at sea.

AS coastguards again prepare to strike the RNLI confirms lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews in the south west will continue to save lives at sea.

As the weekend approaches and strike action by HM Coastguard members looms, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is emphasising that its lifeboat volunteers and lifeguards in the South West will continue to launch lifeboats and patrol beaches.

The lifesaving charity, independent of the coastguard and government, also wants to provide additional safety advice to all sea and beach users - particularly as many school children from across the UK will be on holiday from this weekend.

The RNLI is urging beach visitors and sea users to follow its top safety tips, and to visit the charity's website for more detailed safety information:

RNLI Beach Safety Top Tips www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety

* Swim at a lifeguarded beach. (See www.goodbeachguide.co.uk)

* Swim between the red and yellow flags

* Never swim alone

* If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help

* If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can't see a lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

RNLI Sea Safety Top Tips www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety

* Wear a lifejacket

* Check your engine and fuel

* Tell others where you are going

* Carry some means of calling for help

* Keep an eye on weather and tides

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