Local MS supports the RNLI ‘s ‘Be Beach Safe’ message

Bridgend MS Carwyn Jones is supporting the RNLI’s ‘Be Beach Safe’ message as lockdown restrictions are gradually eased and people start to head back to a number of beaches across his constituency. From the 4th July, Trecco Bay, Sandy Bay and Ogmore beaches will now join Rest Bay in having lifeguard cover.

Mr Jones said “ With Wales unlocking and longer summer days, people are now more tempted to flock to our beaches. However, this does not mean that it is business as usual. The virus has not gone away and it is now more important that people behave responsibly, safely and that social distancing is respected.”

Working within the constraints of Coronavirus, the RNLI have worked hard to look at new ways of working to manage the risks of Covid so that more beaches can have lifeguard cover. More lifeguards on our beaches has been possible thanks to regular discussions between the Welsh Government and the RNLI, local authorities and HM Coastguard.

The RNLI and HM Coastguard have called on those thinking of visiting this beach this summer to follow some vital safety advice. This includes, having a plan, checking the weather and checking tide times, keeping a close eye on family members not just in the water but also on the beach, not to use inflatables and not allowing family members to swim alone. If you do fall into the water unexpectedly then the key advice is FLOAT TO LIVE. If there is an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Mr Jones added “It is very sound advice indeed from the RNLI so please follow this if you intend to visit the beach this summer.”