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RNLI Lifeguards To Return To Patrol Barry Island

  Credit - Leon Bennett

The RNLI Lifeguards have confirmed on their Facebook page that they will return to full-time patrols on Whitmore Bay.

The institution made the decision to suspend all lifeguarding duties on beaches after the Government's instructions for people to stay home at the beginning of, what would become, the lockdown phase of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

At the time the RNLI said this to explain why they decided to suspend duties:

"Lifeguards work and train in groups, which makes keeping the requirement to remain 2 metres apart difficult and the nature of their work with the public puts them – and beach visitors – at risk of close contact. Also, their usual activity includes encouraging people to visit patrolled beaches and swim in certain areas – this activity would go against the Government’s clear instruction for people to stay at home, maintain social distancing and not congregate in groups."

Now, as lockdown is easing across the country and many people preparing to return to work in the near future, the charity confirmed that its Lifeguard service will be returning to some beaches, one of those being Barry Island's Whitmore Bay.

In a post on their Facebook yesterday, the "RNLI Lifeguards South East" page said:

"We are pleased to announce that we will be starting full time patrols on the following beaches today:

"Whitmore Bay (Barry Island)
Rest Bay

"Please continue to respect the rules outlined by the Welsh Government & stay a safe distance from our lifeguards if popping over for a chat.

"We look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks."

The Vale of Glamorgan's branch of the South Wales Police also took to social media to welcome the RNLI lifeguards back to our coasts saying:

"Barry NPT welcome back the lifeguards to Barry Island. A summer of partnership working with RNLI, Coastguard and the VOG council, in keeping Barry Island safe."

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