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Stay safe near water this summer

Visitors and residents alike are being urged to stay safe around our coasts and rivers this summer.

Beach lifeguards

As the weather improves, lockdown is eased and children have now started the summer holidays, Swansea Council's urging families to take care near water.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, RNLI lifeguards can't be at every beach, but they will be at Caswell, Langland, Three Cliffs and Port Eynon.

Waterways such as the Tawe and marina areas in the city centre have rescue aids prominently on display in busy area.

But Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said families and young adults - especially any who've been drinking - need to stay safe.

'We encourage people thinking of a trip to the beach to always visit one where there's a lifeguard. Anyone heading into the water should always respect the water and swim between the red and yellow flags. If you are planning to go into the water, please don't drink."

He added: "RNLI lifeguards are fully trained in all aspects of beach safety so anyone with any queries should always approach a lifeguard, who will be more than willing to help or offer advice."

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environmental Improvement and Infrastructure Management, said: 'The beaches we manage are among the most scenic in the UK and regularly attract many thousands of visitors throughout the year.

"During the warmer summer months thousands of people visit our beaches, particularly this summer thanks to the extended period of warm weather and sunshine.

"That's why we have worked in close partnership with expert lifeguards at the Royal National Lifeguard Institution for a number of years to ensure our beaches are covered at the busiest time."

To find out more about when the RNLI is providing cover at Swansea and Gower beaches this summer go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

If you're a parent and want advice from the RNLI about staying safe by water this summer go to: https://rnli.org/pages/beach2020

If you spot a missing water safety aid, please report it to the police or contact the water safety team on 01792 635162 or by email at water.safety@swansea.gov.uk

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