This coming bank holiday weekend, and the following week, are a time for extra safety vigilance warns Cornwall Council.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, said: “Some restrictions about exercising have been lifted, but we have no lifeguard cover yet, so beach safety is a real concern.”
“Please heed the advice of our colleagues in the Coastguard and RNLI, and despite the obvious attractions of a day at the beach, think twice before going into or on the water. On a busy beach social distancing is also a problem, and in the car parks.”
“This is really not the time to overwhelm our beaches – facilities such as public toilets aren’t open yet, and with no trained lifeguards in post on the shore, any coastal incidents risk calling out a Lifeboat crew. This is unnecessary and means a Covid-19 contact risk for both victims and rescuers.”
To add to potential problems, a large coastal swell and a spring tide are bringing hazardous sea conditions to the South West.
A new sea safety campaign launched jointly by the RNLI and HM Coastguard says: ‘Without you by their side children are vulnerable at the beach. They need you to protect them from the sea’s unpredictable waves, rip currents and cold water… Don’t use inflatables – they get swept out to sea, with you or your child on them… Every beach is different, so make a point of reading any safety signs.’
Cornwall Council is currently working with the RNLI to restore Lifeguard cover to some beaches shortly, but they are not in place yet.
Rob Nolan added: “Cornwall offers so many outdoor pleasures where you can enjoy hours of exercise and leisure, so why risk sea danger or drowning? Remember, no-one should be holidaying in Cornwall. By all means have a safe day out, observing social distancing, but you must return to your principle residence each night.”
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to Cornwall properly, but for now stay safe, particularly at the beach, and please don’t endanger your family or others.”