Dorset

Fewer Bank Holiday rescues for Weymouth beach-goers

Dorset coastguards dealt with fewer incidents during the Bank Holiday weekend despite more than 1,000 people flocking to Weymouth beach.

The RNLI said lifeguards on Weymouth beach and Green Hill made fewer rescues than the same weekend last year.

A spokesman said they "usually spend a lot of time rescuing people blown out to sea on their inflatables when there is an off-shore wind".

The service praised visitors for "looking out for their own safety".

Justin White, Weymouth RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: "Ninety-five per cent of the RNLI lifeguards' role is preventing incidents before they occur through proactive actions and beach safety education.

"It seems that beach-goers are heeding this advice and looking out for their own safety on the beach by leaving their inflatables at home."

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