A busy summer ahead on Bude’s many beaches

With Cornwall’s hotels, cottages, caravan parks, Airbnb’s and campsites being fully booked for months ahead, the RNLI are preparing for a Summer like none before.

RNLI lifeguards have already been out on Bude’s beaches providing lifesaving work to locals this spring, but as we move into summer, the charity’s lifeguards are preparing for an even busier tourist season, as Covid restrictions lift across the UK.

In 2020, RNLI lifeguards covering the southwest saved 56 lives, aided 9,179 people and responded to 6,287 incidents.

Whether it’s surfers getting into difficulty, swimmers moving into dangerous situations, children getting lost or first aid incidents; the super dedicated team of RNLI staff and volunteers are prepared and ready to help.

We might sometimes take them for granted, but the RNLI will once again this year be working hard to keep us all safe on our coastline.
Tim Fallowfield, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘One of our main safety messages for anyone heading to the beach this summer is simple; always go to a lifeguarded beach. Our lifeguards are professional first responders. As well as offering safety advice and local knowledge, they actively patrol the water between the red and yellow flags. Therefore, if you are going in the water, you should always swim in that area. It also means if you do get into difficulty the lifeguards can easily spot you and respond quickly.’

Please remember to phone 999 and ask for the coastguard if you see anyone in trouble at the coast.
Bude RNLI lifeguard service are as follows (10am-6pm):

Widemouth and Summerleaze:
Daily 01 May-26 September
Weekends and Bank Holiday only 02-17 October
October Half Term 23-31 October

Black Rock, Crooklets and Sandymouth:
Daily 15 May-26 September

Crackington Haven and Northcott:
Daily 10 July-05 September

To find how to keep safe this year on our beaches, or to check out the latest updates including RNLI lifeguarding information visit www.rnli.org.uk