summer season ends for beach lifeguards in Burnham-On-Sea
at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches have finished their season
after a busy few months keeping them safe.
RNLI lifeguards worked alongside Sedgemoor District Council's team
of beach wardens and clean surroundings staff.
have been on the beach since July 8th doing full time safety patrols
and will be back on duty next summer.
Sedgemoor District Council funds the RNLI Lifeguards to provide
an additional service at Burnham and Berrow Beaches during the busy
summer holiday period.
work alongside the Sedgemoor-employed Beach Wardens and work together
to maintain beach safety. Before they started on their beach duties
the lifeguards visited 19 local schools to make sure that local
children know about beach safety and spoke to 3,000 children ahead
of the summer season.
A Sedgemoor District Council spokesman said: "We want people
to enjoy the beach safely. Although the RNLI lifeguards have departed
for the winter, we would urge beach users to take extra care and
be mindful of the messages in the RNLIs Respect the Water
campaign. We want you to enjoy the water, but we also want you to
recognise its dangers and never underestimate its power, especially
during the stormy season."
Sedgemoors beach wardens have been on duty since the end of
March and will be on duty until the end of September at Burnham-On-Sea
and Berrow beaches. All beach wardens have first aid training and
beach/jetty safety training.
All beach users are urged to follow safety signage and listen to
any advice and warning information issued by Sedgemoors Beach
Wardens the staff are there to ensure your safety.
Luke Penman, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: "We have had
the busiest season since we started here in Sedgemoor with many
major first aids, minor first aids and the daily prevention work
that we carry out to stop beach users from potentially getting stuck
in the mud at mid-low tides."
year lifeguards also had to deal with the unusual situation of an
explosive device being found on one of the beaches. They responded
professionally to assist the other emergency response agencies involved
and keep beach users safe throughout the incident."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sedgemoor District
Council for using the RNLI to provide a lifeguard service in the
area. We have also had an excellent relationship with the beach
wardens who have been present on both beaches this season and would
like to thank them for their support."