RNLI WATER SAFETY: Research indicates that 30 million people are planning to flock to the coast
In light of the stark figures which reveal 30M people are planning to hit the UK coast this summer, the RNLI in Wales is taking steps to ensure their safety. Withuncertainty over foreign holidays and international travel, the RNLI is predicting this summer will be the busiest ever on the Welsh coast, as Covid restrictions are eased and people choose to ‘staycation’.
The lifesaving charity and HM Coastguard are launching the safety campaign ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend and half-term holidays, urges people to choose lifeguarded beaches when they visit the coast. The charity has also teamed up with experts at Bangor University to collaborate and explore the best ways to keep people safe.
This weekend lifeguards in Wales will return to their posts at Rhyl and Prestatyn in Denbighshire, Rest Bay in Bridgend, Pembrey in Carmarthenshire, Newgale Central in Pembrokeshire.
In Ceredigion, RNLI lifeguards are currently providing a service at weekends at Llangrannog and at Borth, this will become a regular daily service from the half term holiday running until September. Lifeguards will also provide cover over the school holidays at Aberystwyth South, Tresaith and Aberporth.
In a survey, commissioned by the RNLI, 75% of those questioned - aged 16-64 - expect to visit a UK beach or the coast between April and September, with around half of that number likely to do so three or more times. A significantly higher proportion of the public (36%) also said they plan to visit the coast more than usual this year, compared to 2020 (24%).
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