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Summer sun is here – hints and tips on staying safe at the beach

Lifeguards News Release

With the sun set to shine over the next few days many people are likely to head to the coast. The RNLI are urging people to enjoy a day at the coast, but to stay safe.

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RNLI Beach Lifeguards on patrol

RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling over 170 beaches this weekend, if you are unsure of the sea conditions or don’t know the tide times say hello and they will be happy to help. They are encouraging anyone visiting the coast to head to a lifeguarded beach and if they intend to go in the water to swim to do so between the red and yellow flags.

Last year RNLI lifeguards across the UK helped nearly 18,000 beach-goers who got in to trouble on the beach. These included minor first aid incidents from slips, trips and falls to more serious in water rescues.

Lifeguards have already been rescuing people in trouble this year and on Friday June 9 the charity’s lifeguards in Wales assisted a teenage boy to safety. The teenager got into difficulty as he paddled from one beach round to another on his body-board. With a 3 foot swell and a high tide the teenager had to take refuge by climbing up onto rocks 30 metres from shore. The lifeguard encouraged the youngster to get onto the rescue board where the lifeguard then returned him through the surf to his very relived family.

Brett Shepherd, Operations Support Manager (Lifeguards) said ‘the beach is a great place to visit and relax during your time off but we urge people to be aware of some of the dangers. Our advice is to always swim at a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. If you see someone in difficulty raise the alarm by alerting a nearby lifeguard or calling 999 and asking for the coastguard.’

To find an RNLI Lifeguarded beached please visit https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches and for our safety advice from flags to inflatables please visit https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety/beach-safety-advice

For media enquiries please contact the Press Office on 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

Notes to Editor:

In 2016 RNLI Lifeguards:

Saved 127 lives

Dealt with 17,414 incidents

Aided 20, 538 people

In the height of the summer RNLI Lifeguards will be patrolling over 250 beaches.

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The red and yellow flags to look out for

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Lifeguards using the inshore rescue boat

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Lifeguards looking after beach users

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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