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RNLI beach lifeguards cover finishes for the season

Daily lifeguard cover at beaches in south west England is finishing for the season this weekend.

The RNLI urged people to take extra care on beaches in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Jersey after weekday cover ends on Sunday.

Patrols will still be maintained at weekends until 4 November and throughout the half term week on the region's 12 busiest beaches.

A spokesman urged swimmers be aware of the dangers of the sea and the tides.

Earlier this month a woman drowned at Northcott Mouth beach, near Bude, one day after the RNLI stopped its summer "peak season" lifeguard cover for rural beaches.

Additional funding

Following the death, the RNLI decided to extend its October weekend and half term coverage to include Bude's Summerleaze beach, a popular spot for surfers.

The other 11 beaches are: Praa Sands; Gwithian; Porthmeor; Porthtowan; Perranporth; Polzeath and Widemouth in Cornwall and Bantham, Croyde and Woolacombe in Devon.

Fistral beach near Newquay in Cornwall will continue to have full time cover during October, and will also be patrolled during weekends in November.

Steve Instance, RNLI lifeguard inspector, said: "Thanks to additional funding from local authorities and private beach owners, the charity is again able to extend the lifeguard season into October on a selection of beaches.

"We encourage people heading to the coast at weekends and during half term to visit these beaches where the charity's lifesavers will be on hand to keep people safe, offering useful advice to help prevent accidents and a rapid reaction if something does go wrong."

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