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16 Cornish beaches to get continued RNLI Lifeguard cover until November, and a further 8 will have weekend and half term cover

Cornwall Council and the RNLI have reached an agreement to extend lifeguard cover on 24 of Cornwall’s beaches until November 1.

Under the agreement 16 beaches will have daily cover, and eight at weekends PLUS every day during the half term holiday.

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The extension recognises that Cornwall has had a shorter holiday season due to the original pandemic lockdown, with lifeguards in West Cornwall having reported a 100% increase in beach use, and an amazing 200% increase in numbers of people entering the water (see notes below).

Hotels and holiday accommodation providers are experiencing good bookings for September, and ‘staycations’ have become the norm with holidays abroad curtailed by Covid restrictions and quarantining.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, said: “This has been an entirely unpredictable and unfamiliar year, and we are so pleased to have been able to arrange this extra cover with the RNLI. Whatever the weather, Cornwall’s beaches have remained popular, and we all feel much safer with these good people keeping an eye on us, and with their colleagues in the Lifeboats only a 999 phone call away.”

“As we enter October I would urge those intending to swim, surf or sail to head for the 24 beaches where lifeguards will be watching. Remember, no flags means no lifeguard! Those who venture further should at least aim to be accompanied, and get information on tides and sea conditions. Know your own limits and do not take risks in our Autumn seas. If you are intending to walk the cliffs or coast path, take a friend, and carry a mobile phone.”

“And to our welcome visitors, please observe all the latest Coronavirus restrictions and advice so our residents and tradespeople stay safe. Let’s make sure our emergency services – including lifeguards, lifeboat crews and coastguards – don’t have to risk their own lives in order to save yours.”

The details of the RNLI lifeguard cover are:

After this Sunday 27 September, lifeguard cover will cease at the following beaches
  • Seaton
  • Sharrow
  • Tregantle
  • Kennack
  • Gyllyngvase
  • Tolcarne
  • Porth
  • Porthcothan
  • Portreath
  • St. Agnes
  • Perran Sands
  • Godrevy
  • Upton Towans
  • Beach View
  • Porthminster
  • Gwenver
  • Booby’s
  • Trevone
  • Trebarwith
  • Crooklets
The following beaches will continue to have weekend cover plus every day of October half term holiday (Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November): 
  • Poldhu
  • Porthcurno
  • Treyarnon
  • Sandymouth
  • Hayle Towans
  • Chapel Porth
  • Holywell Bay
  • Crantock
Full time cover will continue until 1 November on the following beaches:
  • Tregonhawke
  • Praa Sands
  • Fistral
  • Towan
  • Watergate Bay
  • Mawgan Porth
  • Porthtowan
  • Perranporth
  • Gwithian
  • Porthmeor
  • Sennen
  • Constantine
  • Harlyn
  • Polzeath
  • Widemouth
  • Summerleaze.

Lifeguarding hours will be from 10.00 until 18.00 until BST ends on 25 October after which service will be affected by failing light

RNLI lifeguards covering 10 beaches in West Cornwall recorded 78,000 beach users in the first week of September 2020, compared to 39,000 beach users on 15 beaches in the same area in the same period in 2019 (an increase of 100 per cent)

RNLI lifeguards covering 10 beaches in West Cornwall recorded 18,000 people using the water in the first week of September 2020, compared to 6,000 on 15 beaches in the same area in the same period in 2019 (an increase of 200 per cent)