Posted: 12.06.20 at 17:09 by The Editor
Tomorrow a further six Cornish beaches will have RNLI Lifeguard cover, bringing the total so far to fifteen.From Saturday 13 June Sennen, Porthmeor, Hayle Towans, Poldhu, Praa Sands and Watergate Bay will join Gwithian, Fistral, Mawgan Porth, Polzeath, Constantine, Perranporth, Widemouth, Porthtowan and Summerleaze.An announcement of further beaches to be lifeguarded from Saturday 20 June will be made next week. The RNLI says the first few weeks of having lifeguards back on beaches has helped it to properly test the new ways of operating safely during the pandemic, and it will soon confirm plans to provide a more comprehensive service.In the meantime Cornwall Council, HM Coastguard and the RNLI are all repeating their messages that the sea is potentially dangerous in any conditions, and a family day out is safer on the sand.Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said: “While we warmly welcome Lifeguards back to our beaches, there are concerns that this may cause people to relax their attention to beach safety and social distancing.”“The threat of virus transfer remains as great as ever, so please keep at least 2 metres from other people. And remember, if you go into or onto the water you are risking not only your own life, but transferring Covd 19 to anyone who needs to help rescue you.”“These are still dangerous times, and it is safer on the sand if you want to enjoy our glorious coast.” Lifeboat crews remain on standby for any boating incidents, so if you see anyone in distress phone 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard. Facilities such as toilets, shops and cafés have not yet reopened, so please plan your outing accordingly, and take your litter home if you can’t find an empty bin.If you park your vehicle illegally, or where it may impede emergency services getting to and from a beach, you risk a fine and it being towed away. Please be thoughtful, as some seaside approach roads are narrow, and you must bear social distancing in mind even when parking.