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Coast And Countryside

RNLI lifeguards return to Southport, Ainsdale and Formby beaches during the summer months. 

RNLI Lifeguard cover is year-round at Crosby beach due to the safety risks present. Crosby beach is not a bathing beach and is permanently red flagged.

All visitors are asked to read safety signage at beach entrances and look for the flags.

The RNLI use red flags to signify a severe hazard, that water conditions are unsafe for swimming and other water activities, and people should not enter the water. People can learn more about beach flags and signs at RNLI Beach Safety

Also present at Crosby beach are areas of deep mud which are constantly shifting, there is a quick-flowing tide that can be dangerous. The Council advises visitors stay within 50m of the promenade when walking on Crosby beach.

More information can be found on the RNLI website:

For people who are on social media, you can find regular updates and behind the scene clips from your local lifeguards by searching 'RNLI Lifeguards NW' in Facebook, Instagram or X

Safety tips

Merseyside Fire and Rescue service recommend people follow these important safety tips near water:

  • If you are going for a walk or run near water, stick to proper pathways and stay clear of the water’s edge;
  • Avoid walking or running near water in the dark, if it's slippery or in bad weather;
  • If you've had alcohol or drugs don't enter the water; avoid walking alone and avoid routes near water;
  • Don't enter the water to try to help a person or animal - always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available;
  • If you are spending time near water - whether at home or abroad - make sure you are familiar with local safety information.

You can use this link to visit the Merseyside Fire and Rescue water advice page.

Last Updated on Friday, May 10, 2024

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