Residents urged to use Seaford beach responsibly amid no lifeguards

Seaford Town Council is urging residents to use the beach responsibly while there are no lifeguards.

Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 1:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 1:52 pm

Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed under the new Government guidelines, but, now more than ever people need to respect the coastline, it said.

“While people are allowed to go out on and in the water, they need to make sure they are safe and protected,” said a spokesman.

“Those with private boats and yachts should carry out all the usual safety checks and make sure they have a way to contact HM Coastguard if they get into difficulty, as should everyone visiting the coast and beaches.”

Seaford beach

Although Seaford Lifeguards will not be patrolling the beach, they are still carrying out weekly inspections of Public Rescue Equipment along the seafront, the council said.

“It was not a decision taken lightly but the lifeguards must consider the safety of their team members,” said a spokesman.

“As with previous years, yellow buoys will be sited 200 metres out to sea from Splash Point to Edinburgh Road.

“The landside of these buoys donates a safe swimming zone where only hand powered craft are permitted.

“It is strongly recommended that despite the buoys being back in situ, only strong and competent swimmers, and those with the necessary equipment, enter the water in order to reduce unnecessary risks and only in ideal swimming conditions.”

The spokesman added: “Please use the beach responsively, maintain social distancing and consider if your activity might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk.”

Seaford Lifeguards are all volunteers. If you get into trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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