THIS is a bird’s eye view of Europe’s first artificial Boscombesurfreef/" target="_blank">surf reef, just days before the £3 million tourist attraction’s official launch.

It has now been revealed that lifeguard cover will operate 365 days of the year, funded by Bournemouth council.

Two RNLI lifeguards will patrol Boscombe East throughout the winter, including Christmas Day.

Earlier this week tourism director Mark Smith said safety concerns expressed in emails between the council and developer ASR had been resolved.

He added that when favourable surfing conditions prevail staff will be trained on the reef prior to its opening the next day.

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