Dorset lifeguards to start daily patrols at 12 beaches
RNLI lifeguards are to start regular patrols at Dorset's busiest beaches.
The charity said 12 sites would be manned seven days a week from Saturday due to an expected rise in visitors during the bank holiday weekend.
Lifeguards are also preparing to patrol nine additional beaches across the county during the peak summer period.
Patrol season dates are staggered to take visitor numbers into account and lifeguards have undergone training.
The RNLI urged beachgoers to check tide tide times and local weather forecasts before visiting and to ensure any water sports equipment they use is in a seaworthy condition.
Lifeguard patrols will start at Southbourne, Fishermans Walk, Boscombe and Bournemouth East and West, Durley Chine, Alum Chine, Branksome Chine, Shore Road and Sandbanks in Poole.
Weymouth's main beach will also be manned.
Beaches at Highcliffe, Friars cliff, Avon, Manor Steps, East Cliff, Canford Cliffs, Green Hill, West Bay and Lyme Regis will be patrolled daily from 6 July until 8 September.
Safety cover will be provided from 10:00 BST to 18:00 BST seven days a week.