RNLI lifeguards return to Suffolk beaches ahead of half term holidays

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI lifeguards will resume patrols on two of Suffolk’s beaches this weekend for the start of the 2016 season.

In a sign that summer is just around the corner, lifeguards will be back in action on two of Suffolk’s beaches on Saturday 21 May, ahead of the half-term holidays at the end of the month.

Lowestoft and Southwold will be patrolled from 10am until 6pm seven days a week until September.

Liam Fayle-Parr, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘The countdown to the start of the new season is always an exciting time of the year. The past weeks have been spent welcoming back old faces, training up new recruits and ensuring all our equipment is ready to keep these two beautiful beaches safe for all.

‘We’ll have a week back on the beach before the local school half-terms begin when we expect visitor numbers to increase. It’s great to see children out in the sunshine at the beach enjoying their holidays. They can do this safely by visiting a lifeguarded beach and swimming between the red and yellow flags.’

Clad in their familiar red and yellow uniforms, this will be the fourth year RNLI lifeguards will have patrolled Suffolk’s coast using rescue boards, medical equipment and, most importantly, the knowledge and expertise of highly trained lifesavers.

Liam added: ‘You can check out what it’s like to be a lifeguard in Suffolk on our facebook page RNLI Lifeguards East of England or on twitter @LifeguardsEast, where there are lots of photos and updates about what we’ve been up to ahead of the new season.’


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