New lifeguard service for summer

PUBLISHED: 21:00 28 January 2013


A NEW lifeguard service will be available at Berrow beach this summer.

RNLI lifeguards will be joining the beach management team on Burnham beach from this year’s summer season onwards and a new lifeguard service will be introduced at Berrow beach.

Sedgemoor District Council aim to provide a highly trained team at Berrow – which is the first time this has been offered to the area.

The new system will provide more flexibility to cover periods of high tides and increased footfall at both Burnham and Berrow beaches.

The authority’s staff will continue to carry out other beach warden duties, as well as being trained to the Royal Life Saving Society Beach Safety Wardens standard.

The RNLI also have training programmes, infrastructure and experience to continue to provide a high-quality service.

Steve Instance, RNLI senior lifeguard manager, said: “We have visited the area a number of times and due to the popularity of these beaches it was clear from our risk assessment that a lifeguard service was vital to both sites.

“We’re pleased to be expanding the service and hope the charity’s lifeguards will complement the existing RNLI lifeboat assets at Burnham, and other emergency services.”

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