RNLI lifeguards return to Norfolk and Suffolk beaches this month
RNLI lifeguards will be resuming patrols at five beaches in Norfolk and two beaches in Suffolk this month.
The charity’s lifeguards have undergone intensive training over the past few weeks and from this weekend (Saturday 13 May) will be keeping visitors safe at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Gorleston and Sea Palling Beaches in Norfolk.
From Saturday 27 May additional RNLI lifeguards, clad in their distinctive red and yellow uniforms, will be on patrol at Lowestoft South and Southwold North beaches on the Suffolk coast.
By the peak summer season on 8 July, the charity will have lifeguards patrolling a total of seventeen beaches, 10am – 6pm, seven days a week, in the two counties.
‘Over the past few weeks our lifeguards have gone through a rigorous programme of training to ensure we can make our beaches as safe as possible for people visiting the east coast,’ said RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Sam Kendrick.
‘Our lifeguards are highly skilled with world class training and equipment and have been trained in a variety of life-saving techniques, as well as being taught advanced first aid and detailed knowledge of local risks and hazards at each of our beaches.’
‘We want people to enjoy the summer on our beaches in safety and our lifeguards, who are equipped with rescue boards, vehicles and life-saving equipment, will be there to help avoid incidents and ready to respond if people experience difficulties in the water,’ he added.
RNLI lifeguards will also be on hand to offer advice on how to stay safe in the water and letting people know about any particular local dangers in the area.
In 2016, RNLI lifeguards on 227 beaches around the UK dealt with 17,414 incidents and helped 20,538 people. Incidents ranged from slips, trips and stings to more serious water-based rescues. In total they saved 127 lives.
The full details for beaches covered by RNLI lifeguards in Norfolk and Suffolk this summer are as follows:
Wells-next-the-Sea 8 July – 10 September
Sheringham West 13 May – 17 September
Sheringham East 8 July – 10 September
West Runton 8 July – 10 September
East Runton 8 July – 10 September
Cromer West 8 July – 10th September
Cromer East 13 May – 17 September
Mundesley 13 May – 17 September
Sea Palling 13 May – 17 September
Hemsby 8 July – 10 September
Great Yarmouth 8 July – 10 September
Gorleston 13 May – 17 September
Lowestoft North 8 July – 10 September
Lowestoft South 27 May – 10 September
Southwold North 27 May – 10 September
Southwold South 8 July – 10 September
Southwold Denes 8 July - 10 September
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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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