RNLI urge caution as lifeguard cover ends on most of Cornwall's beaches
THE RNLI are warning water users to stay safe following the end of lifeguard cover for most of Cornwall’s beaches.
The last weekend in September saw many patrols stand down following the end of the summer season.
A spokesperson for the RNLI urged beach-goers to check conditions and tell someone they’re going in.
This summer seen a 24% increase in the number of incidents dealt with by South West lifeguards.
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The RNLI said there has also been an increase in the number of people using the beaches all year round, therefore lifeguard cover will remain on some of the most popular beaches in the county until the end of October.
These include: Gwithian, Porthcurno, Widemouth, Summerleaze, Polzeath, Perranporth, Porthtowan, Praa Sands.
Fistral Beach in Newquay will have cover throughout October and over half term, with voluntary lifeguards working weekends in November.