Cornwall Council urges people to stay safe by the coast

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Cornwall Council is urging residents and visitors to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe when visiting the Duchy’s beautiful beaches this summer. 

The Council is supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Her Majesty’s (HM) Coastguard’s new safety campaign, urging everyone to choose lifeguarded beaches when they visit the coast.  

The key summer safety advice is: 

  • Visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags 
  • If you get into trouble Float to Live – lie on your back and relax, resisting the urge to thrash about 
  • Call 999 in an emergency and ask for the Coastguard 

Councillor Martyn Alvey, portfolio holder for Environment and Climate Change at Cornwall Council, said: “We fully support this campaign and urge both visitors and locals to follow the safety advice and look out for others.  

We expect this summer to be very busy and we ask people to respect, protect and enjoy our beautiful coastline. That means respecting the water, as well as the people around you, and protecting the local environment and wildlife 

Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe, think about how your actions affect others and make sure you take your litter home with you or dispose of it responsibly.” 

new RNLI study suggests around 30m people plan to visit the UK coast this summer. 

RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling around 58 beaches across Cornwall to offer advice on how to stay safe. They are also on hand to help anyone who gets into trouble. 

Steve Instance, RNLI’s Water Safety Lead for the South West said: “Last summer, RNLI lifeguards patrolling beaches across the south west recorded nearly 9M visitors. We know the south west is a popular destination for those holidaying at home and with many accommodation providers have reported being at capacity for the summer, we are expecting this year to be the busiest ever. 

“These new figures back that up. We want people to enjoy the region’s spectacular coastline but urge everyone to respect the water, think about their own safety and know what to do in an emergency.  

“Our main advice is to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. 

Claire Hughes, Director of HM Coastguard, said: 2020 was an exceptionally busy year and we’re expecting more people to take their holidays around our wonderful coasts this summer. 

We’re asking everyone to follow a few simple safety tips, so the trip is memorable for all the right reasons. 

Before setting out, take a minute to check the weather, tides and winds to help avoid getting caught out.   

Leave inflatables at home as they are designed for the pool, not open water, where the wind and current can very quickly take you out to sea and into danger. 

Recreational watersports such as paddleboarding are now incredibly popular and we’d encourage everyone to make it a fun rather than frightening experience.  

It pays to prepare and taking a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch when you set out for a paddle will mean you can call for help if needed. 

“If you or someone else is in trouble, always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’ 

For further information on the RNLI and HM Coastguard beach safety campaign visit:  

A full list of RNLI lifeguarded beaches can be found here:


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