Beachgoers across South Wales are being urged to stay safe as they make the most of the good weather this summer season.
Those swimming in the sea should always make sure they read the safety signs – and know which flags mean it is safe to swim in the sea.
Being such a busy resort – Barry Island has a particular problem with children getting separated from their parents or guardians, with the most reported cases of any UK beach.
The RNLI have launched a new wristband scheme to try and prevent this – where parents write their mobile number on a wristband that their child can then wear.
If they do get separated, it then means they can be reunited quickly.
The wristbands are available from the new RNLI Visitor Centre at Barry Island – the charity’s first in the UK dedicated to beach safety.
South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies – who last week visited the Centre – praised the scheme and urged parents to make use of it.
Mr Davies said, “While there are few things better than a visit to the beach on a hot summer’s day – it is important to take care and children should always be accompanied.
“If a child does get separated from their parents – it is a very distressing time for all concerned – so the wristband scheme is a great idea.
“I’d urge all parents and guardians to make use of it this summer – and all credit must go to the RNLI for bringing it forward.”
[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies at the RNLI Barry Island Visitor Centre with Visitors Experience Manager Julie, Volunteer Manager Avril, Work Experience Student Ben and Lifeguard Ross]