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‘Safer on the sand’ says Cornwall Council, as some lifeguarding returns

Following last weekend’s coastal tragedies, Cornwall Council, HM Coastguard and the RNLI are all redoubling their messages that the sea remains potentially dangerous in any conditions, and a family day out is safer spent on the sand.

Despite seven beaches having lifeguard cover restored from this Saturday 30 May, with more to follow in the coming weeks, there are concerns that this may cause a drop in attention to beach safety and social distancing, and bring the possibility of parking congestion blocking approach roads.

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Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, says: “In many ways, this weekend will be the toughest test so far. Only a handful of popular beaches with lifeguard cover, all the others still without, and a forecast of warm and sunny weather.”

“We know the temptation will be strong to head for the coast, to swim, to surf, to go boating. But with crowds comes the difficulty of staying safe from Covid 19 transfer, and the stretching of these very limited resources of lifeguard cover. If the seven beaches are overwhelmed that places a huge demand on the lifeguards, but if people head to quieter beaches with no lifeguard cover the same dangers we saw so starkly last Monday will be present.”

“Our line for these early days of new relaxed outdoor guidelines is that you are safer on the sand. If you arrive at a congested beach, and you cannot park safely allowing emergency vehicles to get past, please turn around and go elsewhere. Maybe go to an inland beauty spot, or to a quieter beach without risking going into the sea. Please observe and obey all signs, and use common sense for your own safety, your family’s, and all other sun seekers.”

The beaches with lifeguard cover from this weekend will be:

  • Gwithian
  • Fistral
  • Mawgan Porth
  • Polzeath
  • Constantine
  • Perranporth
  • Widemouth
  • Croyde in Devon

Other beaches will follow in the coming weeks, so watch for future announcements by the RNLI.

Lifeboat crews remain on standby for any boating incidents, so if you see anyone in distress phone 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard

Facilities such as toilets, shops and cafés have not yet reopened, so please plan accordingly. If you park your vehicle illegally, or where it may impede emergency services getting to and from a beach, you risk a fine and it being towed away. Please be thoughtful, as some seaside approach roads became packed last weekend, and you must consider social distancing even when parking.