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RNLI lifeguards ready for summer season on Dorset beaches

Lifeguards News Release

With the school summer holidays starting in Dorset next week, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are encouraging anyone visiting the coast to head to a lifeguarded beach.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Lifeguard at Bournemouth beach monitoring the sea with a pair of binoculars

Lifeguards, who receive world class training and equipment, have been patrolling 22 beaches across Dorset and will continue to be present on them throughout the school holidays.

The RNLI lifeguards are taught a variety of life-saving techniques as well as advanced first aid skills so they provide much greater safety for sunbathers, swimmers and water sports enthusiasts at the beach. In 2016, Dorset RNLI lifeguards helped over two thousand beachgoers who got in to trouble on the beach, attending 2,137 incidents, rescuing 113 people and saving eight lives.

Mike Winter, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said:

“We hope that over the summer holidays families will head down to the coast to enjoy some of our wonderful Dorset beaches. We’d urge anyone planning on visiting a beach to check local information in advance and head to a lifeguarded beach.

“The lifeguards use red and yellow flags to clearly show the area they are covering and we would urge swimmers to stay within these zones. If you see someone in difficulty raise the alarm by alerting a nearby lifeguard or calling 999 and asking for the coastguard”

Notes to editor:

The attached RNLI lifeguard picture should be credited RNLI Nathan Williams

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For more information please contact Oliver Wrynne-Simpson, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 07795127351 or 01202 336789 or by email on

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Bournemouth lifeguard monitoring the sea and stood next to a red and yellow flag.

Key facts about the RNLI

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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