Easter holiday warning: Lethal riptides at British beaches following winter storms



British families heading off on Easter holiday staycations are being warned of potentially lethal riptides created by the severe winter storms, which saw 100mph winds batter the coasts.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has issued warnings over the beach dangers at spots that may previously have been considered safe, in holiday hotspots like Cornwall and Devon.

The RNLI will be keeping visitors safe on 33 beaches across the UK over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Lifeguard Manager Brett Shepherd said in a statement: "We're really pleased to be providing cover on beaches around the UK over the Easter period. Now that spring has officially sprung, we hope people will head down to the coast and enjoy our wonderful beaches.

"However, the winter storms have changed the make-up of some beaches and many returning to their favourite spots may be surprised at how different everything looks. In places, sand dunes have been washed away leaving sheer sand cliffs.

"On other beaches, access points to and from the beach have changed whilst shifting sand has left deep channels that in turn create strong rip currents.

"We'd urge anyone planning on visiting a beach over the Easter holidays to check local information in advance and head to a lifeguarded beach. Swimmers should ensure that they swim between the red and yellow flags, which mark out the safest area to swim and are patrolled by lifeguards. Please take heed of the safety signage and any advice offered by the lifeguards on duty.

"By highlighting the dangers before visitors arrive at the beach, we hope that we can avoid potential incidents and everyone can enjoy their time on the beach in safety."

Last year RNLI lifeguards around the country attended 69 incidents over the Easter school holidays with the majority of incidents involving minor first aid and missing children.

Some of the beaches will be open throughout the Easter school holidays, with others opening from the Bank Holiday weekend onwards.

For more beach safety information and advice, visit rnli.org.uk/beachsafety

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