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RNLI Lifeguards assist Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue at Roker seafront fire

Lifeguards News Release

Yesterday (Monday 26 June) RNLI lifeguards were first on the scene when a grass fire broke out on Roker seafront and immediately cordoned off the area from the public.

Fire and rescue crew put out blaze on Roker seafront


Fire and rescue crew put out blaze on Roker seafront

At around 10:45am, during the UK’s hottest day so far this summer, a fire broke out on the grass of Marine Walk in front of Granny Annie’s pub. The charity’s lifeguards immediately cordoned off the area to prevent both pedestrians and drivers from getting near to the blaze until Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue crew arrived.

It is suspected that sparks from a grinder ignited the dry grass, with the hot weather conditions being a contributor.

The fire and rescue crew were able to extinguish the blaze immediately, with no harm to the public or nearby properties.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Alex Richardson said: ‘We are proud of our lifeguard team who were quickly on hand to make sure the public were kept a safe distance away from the fire. Although this incident wasn’t concerning water safety, it this is the perfect example of how the RNLI lifeguards aren’t just here to keep everyone safe in the water.

‘Our priority is promoting safety on the beach and in the water.’

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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.

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