RNLI beach lifeguards to resume patrols on the Isle of Wight

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI lifeguards will return to Sandown beach this weekend after a successful first year of service on the Isle of Wight, which launched for the first time in the lifesaving charity’s history last summer.

Clad in their distinctive red and yellow uniforms, RNLI lifeguards will be keeping the public safe between 10am and 6pm, from Saturday 2 July until Sunday 4 September, on behalf of Sandown Town Council.
Ed Stevens, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: ‘It’s incredibly exciting to be providing an RNLI lifeguard service on the Isle of Wight for the second year running. Sandown is a busy seaside resort which attracts thousands of tourists and locals each year and we’re looking forward to keeping them safe once again throughout the summer months.
The RNLI will have two highly-trained lifeguards patrolling at Sandown working from a first aid station positioned on the beach. They will be equipped with rescue boards and tubes for people in need of help in the water, as well as medical bags, stretchers and oxygen to help anyone who may be sick or injured.
Ed added, ‘Last year we had a successful partnership with Sandown Town Council, which enabled our lifeguards to operate throughout the summer season where they rescued two people and aided over 40 beach-goers.’
A Sandown Town Council spokesperson said: ‘Sandown Town Council is pleased to welcome the RNLI back to the beaches of Sandown to give confidence to both our residents and visitors. We look forward to working with the lifeguards once again and are confident of another good working relationship between the RNLI and our own local Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat stations, should the need arise.’
If you’re heading to the seaside this summer, make sure you go to a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. For safety information and for details of our Respect the Water campaign, click here.
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·         Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252  tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
·         Sophie Coller-Nielsen Press Officer (London/East/South East), 0207 6207416, 07824 416615 sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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