RNLI lifeguard patrols return to Portsmouth beaches this weekend

Lifeboats News Release

As summer sets in, a team of RNLI lifeguards will return to the beaches of Portsmouth this weekend to keep the public safe throughout the summer season.

Patrols will begin this Saturday (2 July) on Southsea East, Central and West beaches and run from 10am until 6pm, seven days a week, until September 4.
Ed Stevens, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: ‘It’ll be great to be patrolling the beaches of Portsmouth again this year. We’ve spent the past few weeks getting ready for the new season, welcoming back returning lifeguards and training new recruits.
‘We want people to Respect the Water and enjoy the seaside safely, so if you’re visiting the city’s beaches this summer, make sure you speak to an RNLI lifeguard who’ll be able to tell you the safest place to swim and have fun doing other activities in, on and around the water.’
Ed added: ‘Our RNLI lifeguards are highly trained and are equipped with vital lifesaving kit like rescue boards and first aid responder bags, which allow them to treat a variety of injuries ranging from weaver fish stings, to broken legs and even cardiac arrest.’
Last year, the charity’s lifeguards rescued four people, saved one life and dealt with more than 100 incidents during their fifth season on the beaches of Portsmouth.
On the very first day of the season in 2015, 16 year old lifeguard Sydney Horsted helped a man with a suspected heart attack just 13 minutes in to her first ever shift saving lives. Read the story here
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