Published on: 26 May 2020
RNLI lifeguards would usually be starting to patrol the UK’s beaches around now. But, because of COVID-19, they have had to suspend their lifeguard programme. This means there are currently no RNLI lifeguards on beaches. And by the summer, they will only be able to patrol around 30% of their usual beaches.
As lockdown restrictions in England have been eased, families have begun flocking to our beaches again. It is vital that people keep an eye on their families if RNLI lifeguards cannot be there.
So, from Thursday 21 May and throughout the summer, the RNLI and HM Coastguard will be sharing important beach safety messages with families visiting the coast:
BEACH LIFEGUARDS CAN’T BE EVERYWHERE THIS SUMMER.
- PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
- FOLLOW SAFETY ADVICE
- SAVE LIVES
IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 999 FOR THE COASTGUARD.
You can find RNLI beach safety advice at RNLI.org/beach2020
To save lives, we need to share these messages with as many families as possible. That is why we are asking for your help. Here is what you can do:
- Share the campaign image in a social media post – you can download the correctly sized images for Twitter, Facebook/Instagram posts and stories here
- Send a tweet using the image and copying and pasting the words below:
- The @RNLI's lifeguards cannot be everywhere this summer. If you are heading to the coast, #BeBeachSafe: check the weather and tides, keep an eye on your family and do not use inflatables. In an emergency call 999 for the Coastguard. Find safety advice at https://bit.ly/RNLI_Beach_Safety
- Or, if you can simply share the RNLI’s posts, that would be great. We’ll be posting on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook from Thursday 21 May and throughout the summer.
If you would like to know more about the RNLI’s work and how you can support us, please contact Mike Carhart-Harris in the RNLI media team on 07780 229473.
Your help could save lives this summer and would be immensely appreciated.