RNLI lifeguard season draws to a close, but six Cornish beaches will still be manned
Six Cornish beaches will retain RNLI services throughout October, despite the closure of most lifeguarding positions last weekend.
After a busy summer most of the South West's RNLI lifeguards worked their final beach patrol of the year last Sunday.
Yet six beaches in Cornwall will continue to have either full or part-time lifeguard patrols this month.
Fistral beach in Newquay will retain daily lifeguard services throughout October which will reduce to weekend patrols in November.
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While Gwithian, Porthmeor, Perranporth, Porthtowan and Praa Sands beaches will have lifeguard services at weekends in October and daily during the October half term.
Some beaches in Devon will also continue to be manned this month.
Steve Instance, RNLI lifeguard manager, said: "Despite the cooler temperatures than we've been used to, the RNLI will continue to provide safety cover at some of the busiest beaches for those looking to prolong the summer season and enjoy the favorable surf conditions autumn brings.
"It's worth remembering that if there's no red and yellow flags flying that means there's no lifeguard service operating. Those who can't make it to a lifeguarded beach can help keep themselves safe by taking note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, going with a friend or telling someone on the shore where they are going."
After November, the charity's volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews will remain on call 24 hours a day ready to respond to anyone in difficulty around the coast.