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RNLI lifeboat and lifeguard team team up for safety talks

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Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat crew team up with Denbighshire RNLI LIfeguards to deliver water safety talks to school children across north Wales.

RNLI Lifeboat Crew Derek Denton and Lifeguard Maria Gibney at a north Wales school

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RNLI Lifeboat Crew & Lifeguards Safety Talks in Schools

As the school summer holidays are fast approaching, the volunteer lifeboat crew at Rhyl has teamed up with Denbighshire's RNLI Lifeguards to deliver water safety talks to around 2000 young children in over 15 schools across the north Wales area. The talks included a whole range of advice and information including, what the RNLI is and how its lifeboats and lifeguards work to rescue people, recognising the dangers in and around the beach and water, what flags mean on lifeguarded beaches and the effects of cold water shock.

The talks involve fun educational games to teach children how to keep themselves and their friends and family safe whilst visiting the beach or going afloat in a boat. The lifeboat crews and lifeguards showed the children some of their lifesaving equipment.

Tom Farrington Senior Lifeguard says 'With the summer break about to begin, with many people heading to the coast it's important that we visit schools to educate youngsters on how to stay safe, after all prevention is always better than a rescue. If you are heading to the coast this summer we recommend you visit a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red a yellow flags'.

Derek Denton volunteer Rhyl Lifeboat Education and Visits Officer says 'It's been great to work with our local RNLI Lifeguards visiting schools to spread our important safety messages, especially after last years tragic drowning's around our coast. No matter where you go this summer be it the coast, near rivers or lakes always Respect the Water'.

RNLI Lifeguard Jordan Murray teaches school children about beach safety signs

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RNLI Lifeboat Crew & Lifeguards Safety Talks in Schools
Senior Lifeguard Tom Farrington & Lifeguard Jacob Evans

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RNLI Lifeboat Crew & Lifeguards Safety Talks in Schools

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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