RNLI warning over coast safety ahead of Met Office warning coming into force – Cornwall Live

People have been warned to be extra cautious near open water this weekend due to the incoming severe weather.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the South West, as strong winds and heavy rain are forecast on Friday and Saturday.

The RNLI is advising the public to take extra care this weekend as the weather will create challenging conditions around the coastline with associated tidal surges, large surf and strong rip currents.

The charity is urging people heading to the coast during this time to go to a lifeguarded beach, and seek the advice of the lifeguards on duty who will be assessing the conditions and advising on safety.

It’s very likely that swimming, body boarding or surfing will not be safe during this time. Anglers, coastal walkers and those taking photographs are reminded to keep a safe distance from the water.

 

Henry Irvine, RNLI lead lifeguard supervisor, said: “When we experience severe weather such as this, especially during the summer when the region is busy with visitors, it is really important people take heed of our advice to keep themselves safe.

“If people want to go to the beach please choose one patrolled by RNLI lifeguards. The lifeguards on duty will be continually assessing the weather and sea conditions throughout the day and changing the flags on the beach accordingly.

“If you see a red flag at a lifeguarded beach, do not enter the water, as it is unsafe for any water activities. If you see somebody in trouble please call 999 immediately and ask for the coastguard.”

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You might also see an orange windsock at an RNLI lifeguarded beach this weekend, which signals that there are offshore or strong winds and inflatables should not be used as they could easily be dragged out to sea.

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