The RNLI is urging people to think carefully about safety if they are lucky enough to be able to exercise off the north west coast. With the government expected to announce an easing of restrictions on 29 March, the RNLI is anticipating a busy period ahead.
Last year, RNLI lifeguards in the north west aided more people than anywhere else in the UK. They attended 846 incidents and aided 9,624 people. Many of those who were rescued were simply out enjoying a walk and had unexpectedly got into trouble.
The RNLI has been working with partners behind the scenes through the challenges of lockdown to recruit, train and prepare their lifeguards for what is expected to be another busy summer on UK beaches.
RNLI lifeguards are preparing to set up patrols on the Wirral and Sefton this weekend (27 March). From Saturday, lifeguards will be on duty every day during the Easter break and then subsequently every weekend at: West Kirby, Moreton, Harrison Drive (which includes part of Leasowe Bay), The Plateaux, New Brighton Perch Rock, Formby, Ainsale and Southport.
The RNLI already provides at 365 days a year service at Crosby.
RNLI Water Safety Lead Chris Cousens says: ‘RNLI lifeboats around the north west coast are ready to respond to emergency situations and many of our lifeguards will be returning to their posts, but we are urging people to think very carefully about safety and not putting any additional pressure on the RNLI charity during these challenging times.
‘We have seen an increased number of call outs to people using the coast for our daily exercise and becoming cut off by the tide. There have been a high number of incidents off the north west coast and we’d urge people to think carefully before setting off on a coastal walk.”