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RNLI lifeguards set to return to Tyne and Wear come rain or shine

Lifeboats News Release

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will be returning to beaches in Tyne and Wear to offer a reassuring presence during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (from Saturday 28 May).*

The charity’s lifeguards will be at their posts from 10am to 6pm. The daily service will operate until Sunday 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, Carl Harris, said: ‘Following a stringent training programme our charity’s lifeguards are in peak condition and they’re really looking forward to returning to their posts. Come rain or shine we’ll be there to offer friendly safety advice such as always to swim between the red and yellow flags and information on tide times.

‘We always advise people to visit a lifeguarded beach. It’s great to see visitors enjoying the coast with the extra peace of mind of knowing that we are there should they need us.’

The RNLI runs the lifeguard service in partnership with the local councils*.

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: ‘The reassuring presence of lifeguards helps make visits to our beaches an even safer and relaxing experience.
‘Our partnership with the RNLI  and their lifeguards  is one we value, and one which ensures that Roker and Seaburn are great, safe places to swim and enjoy yourself.’

North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn said: ‘The RNLI provides an invaluable service on our beautiful beaches and I’m thrilled they’re retuning later this month.
‘Our coastline attracts thousands of people every summer and they come knowing that they can rely on the beaches as being clean, safe and well-maintained, because of the sterling efforts that the RNLI lifeguards and our seasonal beach wardens undertake.’

Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council, Councillor Moira Smith, said: ‘Sandhaven was recently awarded Blue Flag status and the Seaside Award, ensuring visitors the highest standards of water cleanliness and safety as well as high quality facilities.
‘Having professional lifeguards on stand-by is an additional service to ensure that residents and visitors to our beautiful coastline can relax, knowing  that trained people are on hand if needed.’
Notes to editors

*RNLI lifeguards will operate their seasonal patrols on the following beaches: Whitley Bay North and South, Cullercoats, King Edwards Bay, Longsands South, Sandhaven, Mowbray, Seaburn, Cats and Dogs and Roker.

Longsands North - the lifeguarding service won’t start until 16 July, there will then be daily patrols until 4 September.

* 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.

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The photograph shows an RNLI lifeguard on patrol. Credit: RNLI.

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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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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