Lifeguards will remain at Camber Sands until late October to help visitors taking advantage of the warmer sea water stay safe.
Working in partnership with Rother District Council, the RNLI was set to continue supporting safe activities in the water at Camber Sands until the end of September.
However, having reviewed the beach usage throughout the season it has been decided jointly that the warm waters throughout October will continue to attract visitors and therefore warrant an extension to the Lifeguard Service.
“We have already seen significantly more visitors to Camber, due to the exceptionally warm weather we have been experiencing,” said Cllr Sally Ann Hart, the district council’s cabinet member for public realm, culture and tourism.
“The RNLI Lifeguards have been working with our own beach patrol teams since the end of May to give advice and safety messages to the thousands of visitors to our beautiful beaches.
“We take the safety of people who use our beaches very seriously and I am pleased to say that, after consulting with the RNLI, we have jointly decided to extend lifeguard cover at Camber Sands until October 28 to ensure that visitors can continue to enjoy water-based activities safely.”
RNLI lifeguards will continue to patrol at Camber Sands each weekend and daily during the school half term, when the greatest number of visitors and families are expected to visit the beach.
Rother District Council’s coastal team will also continue to support the RNLI promoting and encouraging the safe use of beaches and surrounding areas, when the summer season ends.
Allen Head, Area Lifesaving Manager for the RNLI said, “We’re delighted to be able to provide a lifeguard service into October this year.
“Although the sea takes a long time to warm up in spring, the higher water temperature later in the year means that many beach visitors enjoy swimming until well into the autumn. The extension will allow us to continue working with our council colleagues to keep Camber Sands beach safer for longer.”