LIFEGUARDS will be patrolling Wirral beaches this bank holiday weekend and over of the half-term week.

They will be keeping watch at New Brighton, West Kirby, Moreton, Harrison Drive and the Plateaux from 10am - 6pm every day from tomorrow (Saturday, May 25) until June 2.

Saturday (May 25), marks the beginning of ‘main season’ for the RNLI lifeguards and the charity is urging people heading to the coast to visit a lifeguarded beach.

Andy Jordan, lifeguard supervisor said: "During the half term holiday, RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling every day on beaches across the North West. We encourage anyone planning on visiting the coast to choose a lifeguarded beach.

"Remember to swim and bodyboard between the red and yellow flags, or surf, kayak or stand-up paddleboard between the black and white flags.

"The lifeguards position the flags in the safest area of the beach, if you see a red flag the lifeguards have deemed that area of the beach as unsafe.

"If you ever have any questions, feel free to approach the lifeguards, we’re a friendly bunch!’

Chris Cousens, RNLI water safety lead, said: "We expect a great number of people to visit the coast this bank holiday weekend and during the half-term holiday.

"The RNLI wants people to enjoy themselves, whilst staying safe.

"There are a number of beaches being patrolled by RNLI lifeguards across the North West. We advise that people should choose to visit one of these beaches between 10am and 6pm when the lifeguards are on patrol, and always swim between the red and yellow flags.

"Remember it's safest not to go into the water alone - the person you're with can help you stay safe. And ensure that you’re always carrying a mobile phone.

‘If you unexpectedly find yourself in difficulty in the water, float to live.

"If you see anyone else in difficulty anywhere along the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard."