September 8, 2018
Busy summer season ends for beach lifeguards in Burnham-On-Sea

Lifeguards at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches have finished their season after a busy few months keeping them safe.

The RNLI lifeguards worked alongside Sedgemoor District Council's team of beach wardens and clean surroundings staff.

They have been on the beach since the start of July 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.

They 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 4,500 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 RNLI’s 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."

Sedgemoor’s 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 signs and listen to any advice and warning information issued by Sedgemoor’s Beach Wardens – the staff are there to ensure your safety.

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