Lifeguards will return to two of North Devon’s busiest beaches this weekend heralding the start of the summer season.
RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling Croyde and Woolacombe full-time from Saturday before Westward Ho! and Sandymere become patrolled full-time on May 18.
Steve Instance, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said beachgoers are expected to flock to the coast over the Bank Holiday weekend.
He said: “The summer season is now upon us, although we are yet to be graced with the weather befitting such an occasion, beachgoers are expected to make the most of the bank holiday weekend and for the beaches to be busy.
“Last year, there were nearly two million visitors to Devon’s 16 RNLI lifeguarded beaches between May and October, and the RNLI lifeguards dealt with 1,714 incidents, assisted 2,175 people and saved 12 lives. The statistics speak for themselves in illustrating just how essential their presence is.
“We would encourage people to go to a lifeguarded beach, where the lifeguards can provide appropriate safety advice and to swim between the red and yellow flags. Checking tide times and local weather forecasts are essential and if you are intending to take part in any water sports, you should ensure you have the correct equipment which is in seaworthy condition.”