Lifeguards Back On Our Beaches
7 April 2014, 14:15
The RNLI has arranged early cover on a selection of beaches to run across the Easter break.
The last time we saw the lifeguards on our beaches was back in September, but now a number of beaches along the Cornish coastline have their lifeguards back on duty.
After carrying out first aid training, they're now back to work as an influx of visitors is expected over the Easter holidays.
But with a very wet and stormy winter, the coastline has changed dramatically, with some of the beaches now having added dangers.
Sheer sand cliffs are one of the problems caused by the storms, where the water has washed away sand dunes, leaving sheer drops in places.
Lifeguards on Perranporth beach tell Heart people should keep away from the sand dunes, and if they see anyone on them, to speak to the lifeguards on duty.
At nearby Fistral Beach in Newquay, the decking surrounding the beach front cafe's was damaged in the storms, and has now been cordoned off.
Damage was also caused to the lifeguard station, so now huge bags of concrete can be seen on the beach around the facility.
Lifeguards there say they've already seen a lot of surfers heading down there to enjoy the waves, as the water is much warmer than it was last year.
The safety messages from all the lifeguards remain the same - always visit a lifeguarded beach, swim between the flags, and if you're unsure of anything, then speak to the lifeguards on duty.
You can find a full list of all the lifeguarded beaches in Cornwall HERE