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RNLI lifeguards return to Bognor Regis beach this weekend

Lifeboats News Release

A team of RNLI lifeguards will return to Bognor Regis beach this weekend in a sign that summer is on its way.

Clad in their distinctive red and yellow uniforms, the charity’s lifeguards will resume their beach patrols on Bognor Regis beach between 10am and 6pm, seven days a week starting this Saturday (2 July) until September 4.
 
RNLI Lifeguard Manager, Ed Stevens and his team are making final preparations for their return to the town’s seafront, ‘We’re about to enter what the RNLI calls our peak lifeguard season. Schools are breaking up for the summer holidays, the weather is getting warmer and people are flocking to the coast.
 
‘This year will be our third season keeping the people of Bognor Regis safe as they enjoy their time at the beach. We’ll be welcoming back returning lifeguards and have already trained a number of new recruits who’ll be putting their training into action as of Saturday.’
Last year, RNLI lifeguards at Bognor dealt with more than 200 incidents, and gave safety advice to more than 7,000 beachgoers during the charity’s second summer providing a lifeguard service in the town.
 
Ed added: ‘In line with the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, we’re urging beach goers to stay safe whilst enjoying the beach this summer. Our lifeguards will be on hand to offer advice and will be marking out the safest place to swim - which is always between the red and yellow flags.
 
‘If people do get into difficulty, our lifeguards are highly trained to help people in and out of the water. They’re equipped with vital lifesaving kit such as rescue boards and first aid responder bags, allowing them to treat a variety of injuries ranging from scrapes and cuts to broken legs and even cardiac arrest.’
 
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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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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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