Lifeguards start keeping watch on 19 bays

Jeremy Wonnacott (DOI)

Lifeguards have started to keep watch in 19 swimming spots across the country as of this weekend, in a service that will be offered until the end of September.

Twelve of these bays – Ġnejna, Għajn Tuffieħa, Golden Bay, Għadira, Buġibba Bay, Qawra Point, St George’s Bay (St Julians), Balluta Bay, Fond Għadir, Fajtata, Pretty Bay and St George’s Bay (Birżebbuġa) – are in Malta. Lifeguards are also being posted in five Gozitan Bays – Ramla l-Ħamra, Marsalforn, Xlendi, Mġarr ix-Xini and Ħondoq ir-Rummien – as well as in the Blue Lagoon and Santa Marija Bay in Comino.

Additionally, in two other swimming spots – Wied iż-Żurrieq and Għar Lapsi – a first aid mobile clinic is being set up by the Malta Red Cross. The service will also include rescue vans that can bring in back-up lifeguards and a hydro-ambulance.

Five jet-skis are being deployed, of which three will be base in Malta (Għadira, Golden Bay and Buġibba), while the other two will be in Marsalforn and the Blue Lagoon.

The service, which has been implemented with an investment of €900,000, was officially launched by Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli.

“In spite of the upheavals in the last few months, we are committing to have a better summer, which has taken another positive turn with this lifeguard service. Every bather – Maltese or tourist alike – will be at ease when they spend time in the beautiful bays we are endowed with,” Farrugia Portelli said.