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RNLI Lifeguards Back On Our Beaches

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With the 2023 season starting, Jersey's lifeguards are eager to get back on the beaches following two busy weeks of pre-season training.

The RNLI lifeguards are returning to Le Braye from 1 April until 16 April to patrol the beach over the Easter holidays.

It makes the stretch of in St. Ouen’s Bay the place to go if islanders want to swim in the sea this April.

Jake Elms, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor in Jersey, says RNLI lifeguards are at the forefront of the charity's lifesaving work, as they keep beach visitors safe.

"Last year’s figures show the importance of our lifeguards and what they do for the public, we are expecting the beaches in Jersey to be just as busy in the summer season ahead."

In Jersey, they dealt with 329 incidents, aided 390 people, and saved one life.

At this time of year the water is usually at its chilliest, so people are more vulnerable to cold-water shock.

The lifeguards are also there to help if people have questions about tide times, the safety of the water and local beach risks.

Of course, they will also help those who get into difficulty on the beach or in the sea.

The charity can continue to save lives as the States of Jersey contributes to RNLI costs, which helps to meet lifeguard wages.

Deputy Lucy Stephenson, Assistant Minister for Tourism, says she is pleased to welcome them back onto the beaches of Jersey for 2023.

"Jersey is blessed with some glorious beaches that provide wonderful experiences and memories for Islanders and visitors alike."

"However, we all know how important it is to respect the power of the waters around our shores."

The extensive training and equipment needed are provided through public donations.

RNLI Jersey is urging anyone visiting the coast this summer to make sure they keep themselves and their families safe by following beach safety advice:

  • Visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times, as well as hazard signage to understand risks.
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water – do not allow your family to swim alone.
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float.
  • In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Jake Elms says the lifeguards will be returning to do what they do best.

"Be prepared for whatever water activity you have planned, and always have a means of calling for help. We wish everyone a safe and happy Easter."

Daily patrols at Plemont, El Tico, Watersplash, Greve de Lecq, and St Brelade’s Bay begin on 27 May.

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