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RNLI beach lifeguards back on Gower duty this weekend

RNLI LIFEGUARDS funded in partnership with Swansea Council are due to be back on patrol on three popular Gower beaches this Saturday.

They’ll be patrolling at Langland Bay, Caswell Bay and Three Cliffs Beach from 10am-6pm every day of the Easter school holidays (note: March 23 to April 7). Patrols will follow at Port Eynon from May.

The lifeguards have been training this month, having aided around 160 people on council-managed beaches last season in more than 130 incidents.

Help in 2023 ranged from rescues on the water to first aid for incidents such as cuts and stings. RNLI personnel also spent much time on preventative work.

Vinny Vincent, the RNLI’s lead lifeguard supervisor for Swansea, said: “We’re delighted to be back on these great Gower beaches.

“Last year, incidents included aquatic rescues and assists as well as major first aid incidents.

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“In addition to this, lifeguards dealt with 21 major first aid incidents.”

Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “Our coast is world-class – and we want residents and visitors to stay safe. Our funding of the lifeguards, provided by life-saving charity the RNLI, is one way we can protect people.

“We should all take care near water and everyone has to play their part to stay safe.”

Fellow cabinet member Andrew Stevens said: “During the warmer months thousands of people visit our beaches.

“We work in close partnership with expert RNLI lifeguards to ensure these hugely popular beaches are covered at the busiest time.”

Those using Swansea’s beaches this year are encouraged to check weather and sea conditions plus the RNLI website for safety messages on open water swimming – www.bit.ly/OpenWaterRNLI

Vinny Vincent said: “We have a fantastic coastline and it’s great to see so many people enjoying the beaches. We want people to enjoy the coastline – but safely and responsibly.

“People should take extra care when heading to the coast during the coming months. The water temperature is cold right now so always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, check tides, weather and sea conditions; and consider how these factors could affect any planned trip.

“Additionally, read safety signs at the entrance of our beaches for information on local hazards.”

If you get into difficulty, or if you see somebody in difficulty on the coast or at sea, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

For those heading to the beach away from the warmer months, the RNLI’s off-season water safety reminder is to float to increase chances of survival:

  • RNLI Float to Live advice:
  • Tilt your head back with your ears submerged
  • Relax and try to breathe normally
  • Move your hands to help you stay afloat
  • It’s okay if your legs sink, we all float differently
  • Spread your arms and legs to improve stability