FOLLOWING the installation of a new-look lifeguard hut on Lyme Regis beach, patrols will now be carried out by the RNLI from 10am to 6pm every day until September 2.
This is the first time the new lifeguard look-out tower will be used in Lyme Regis, which will significantly improve the lifeguard service on the beach. It is raised off the ground, which will provide better visibility of the beach.
It is also a more conspicuous facility which provides the beach with a useful first aid and information point and a meeting point for lost children as well as providing more modern welfare facilities for the lifeguards.
Town councillors initially refused permission for the new-look hut to be sited on the beach, saying it would take up too much space and was not necessary. But after a petition with more than 700 signatures was presented to them, and following further discussions with the RNLI, the decision was reversed and the hut was installed last month.
Alice Higgins, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said: “With the recent hot weather, we urge visitors hoping to make the most of the sun to check that the beach they want to visit is lifeguarded. We provide much greater safety for sunbathers, swimmers and water sports enthusiasts, especially now thanks to our new lifeguard facilities.
“We advise visitors coming to the area to always swim between the red and yellow flags and to check tide times before arriving at the beach – especially if you are planning to walk to Charmouth.
“We want visitors to enjoy their time at our beaches but to respect the water at the same time. We advise you to check the weather conditions before arriving and to be aware of any local hazards at the beach. We encourage any visitors to please feel free to speak to the lifeguards on patrol for any advice.”