Lifeguard board on Whitmore Bay

End of the summer session for RNLI


Published 04 September 2015

Photo credit: RNLI

RNLI lifeguards have finished their daily safety service on the beaches of the Vale of Glamorgan.

Sunday 6 September was the last day the charity’s lifeguards were on duty at Whitmore Bay, Southerndown, Ogmore, and Llantwit Major beaches.

Despite a lack of consistent sunshine, there were good numbers of visitors to the county’s beaches during the summer and the RNLI lifeguards have provided safety advice and assistance to thousands of beachgoers.

They were also involved in a variety of rescues and incidents, from rescuing two teenagers drifting out in a rip current at Llantwit Major, to assisting a man who suffered burns near Whitmore Bay.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager Stuart Thompson said: “I would like to thank all the lifeguards who once again provided a first class safety service on the county’s beaches this summer. They have shown commitment and dedication to both their ongoing training and their work on the beaches.

“The majority of our lifeguards’ work is preventative so as well as the rescues and incidents they were involved in, they will have stopped many more potentially dangerous incidents before they occurred.

“After Sunday there will be no red and yellow flags flying at these beaches, which means there’s no lifeguard service operating. People visiting the beaches after this 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, at the same time always being aware of the conditions and their own capabilities in the water.”

Matt Horton, RNLI Senior Lifeguard Manager, added: “The next few weeks will see the autumn equinox and the big tides which accompany that so people walking on the coast should always check the tide times before setting out and carry a means of communication.

“Unfortunately we saw a number of incidents this year in Wales where people who went in to try and help others in the water and got into difficulty themselves. The RNLI’s advice is not to enter the water if you see someone in trouble but rather to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

For a range of safety advice and information, visit the RNLI website.