More Dorset beaches are set to be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from this weekend.

The patrols will take place from Saturday, July 8 to September 3 at a number of beaches across the south west from 10am to 6pm.

The latest patrols will take place at West Bay beaches, Greenhill (Weymouth) and Lyme Regis.

Henry Irvine, RNLI Regional Lifeguard Lead for the south west, said: “With the peak summer season just around the corner, the addition of these lifeguarded beaches provides the public with a greater selection of patrolled beaches to visit.

“I highly recommend everyone chooses a lifeguarded beach this summer, and to swim between the red and yellow flags so that you have the best chance of staying safe in the water.

“If you find yourself in difficulty in the water, tilt your head back with your ears submerged, relax and try to control your breathing, use your hands to help you stay afloat.

"It's OK if your legs sink, we all float differently. Then, call for help if you can. If you spot someone else in trouble in the water call 999 – if you are at sea or on the beach, ask for the coastguard.”

RNLI lifeguard patrols have been in full swing at more than 70 south west beaches since April.