DESPITE the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, beaches in Prestatyn and Rhyl may still feature lifeguards this summer.

The RNLI hopes to provide a lifeguard service on about 30 percent of the beaches the charity usually covers this summer, if government guidance allows.

Rollout of the normal seasonal lifeguard service was paused at the end of March due to the measures put in place by the UK Government to control the spread of Coronavirus.

In the anticipation that there may be changes to the lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks and months, the RNLI has been looking at plans to resume a lifeguard service where possible.

RNLI chief executive, Mark Dowie, said:"RNLI lifeguards are professional lifesavers and will be essential when the lockdown is lifted and people head to our coastlines and enjoy our beautiful beaches.

"The current situation means that the operational logistics and training behind setting up a lifeguard service – normally in full swing at the moment – have had to stop. Re-establishing this infrastructure and distributing equipment to beaches will take time.

"We’re working with local councils, landowners and partners to make sure the environment lifeguards return to is safe and appropriate precautions are in place."

If visiting the coast for your daily exercise, while adhering to Government advice, the RNLI are urging walkers to remember the following safety advice:

  • Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float

In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.