RNLI lifeguards set to return to East Lindsey come rain or shine
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will be returning to East Lindsey to offer a reassuring presence on Skegness and Mablethorpe beaches from this weekend (Saturday 21 May).
The charity’s lifeguards will be at their posts from 10am to 6pm. The daily service will operate until Sunday 4 September.
A service will also come on board at Sutton-on-Sea and Ingoldmells from 2 July with daily patrols again operating until 4 September.
95% of the role is preventative and the teams have completed a period of extensive training. This ensures that every RNLI lifeguard has the vital skill-set to enable them to deal with everything from locating missing children through to performing major first-aid and lifesaving rescues.
RNLI Lifeguard Manager, Vincent Pank, said: ‘Following a comprehensive training programme our charity’s lifeguards are in peak mental and physical condition and they’re really looking forward to returning to their posts.
‘We always advise people to visit a lifeguarded beach where patrols will be on-hand to offer friendly safety advice such as always to swim between the red and yellow flags and information on tide times.
‘It’s great to see visitors enjoying the coast safe in the knowledge that if they do get into difficulty we’ll be there to help. We hope that people will pop along to Mablethorpe or Skegness this weekend to say “hello” - come rain or shine we’ll be there.’
The RNLI runs the lifeguard service in partnership with East Lindsey District Council.
Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, Councillor Steve Kirk said: ‘We are blessed to have such fantastic beaches here in East Lindsey attracting many thousands of visitors each year. Whilst we hope that all our visitors have nothing more to worry about than enjoying themselves, it's reassuring to know, should they ever need help, the RNLI Lifeguards will be there on duty.’
Notes to editors
* As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week. Local authorities part fund the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.
The photograph shows an RNLI lifeguard on patrol. Credit: Nathan Williams/RNLI.
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