RNLI lifeguards will begin patrols at a number of extra Cornish beaches from this Saturday for the peak summer months.

Patrols have already been in full swing on some beaches since April, but now the public will now have a wider choice of lifeguarded beaches to visit over the summer season.

The Cornish beaches to get lifeguards from this weekend are Crackington Haven, Northcott, South Fistral, Lusty Glaze, Porthkidney, Carbis Bay, Marazion, Perranuthnoe, Gunwalloe and Porthleven. They will be in operation from 10am to 6pm.

Henry Irvine, RNLI regional lifeguard Lead for the South West said: “With the peak summer season just around the corner, the addition of these lifeguarded beaches provides the public with a greater selection of patrolled beaches to visit. I highly recommend everyone chooses a lifeguarded beach this summer, and  swim between the red and yellow flags so that you have the best chance of staying safe in the water.” 

The RNLI Float to Live campaign running this summer, encourages everyone to practice floating as we all float differently.

Henry added: “If you find yourself in difficulty in the water, tilt your head back with your ears submerged, relax and try to control your breathing, use your hands to help you stay afloat.

“It’s okay if your legs sink, we all float differently. Then, call for help if you can. If you spot someone else in trouble in the water call 999 – if you are at sea or on the beach, ask for the coastguard.”