Scotland’s Lifeguarded Beaches Open in Time for Latest Heatwave
This past weekend (23rd and 24th June) saw temperatures soar across the country and all of Scotland’s RNLI lifeguarded beaches welcome the public.
The RNLI has seven lifeguarded beaches in Scotland: Aberdour Silver Sands, Burntisland, Leven, St Andrews East Sands, St Andrews West Sands, Elie Harbour and Coldingham Bay. These beaches are patrolled by RNLI lifeguards every day of the week from 10am to 6pm. RNLI lifeguards are on hand to offer advice for staying safe whilst using the beaches and are, of course, available to help should anybody find themselves in difficulty.
Last year RNLI lifeguards attended 207 incidents on Scottish beaches from minor first aid requests to assisting those in distress in the water. RNLI lifeguards suggest that everyone swim between the red and yellow flags which mark the lifeguard patrolled zone and to observe tide times as well as any notices about currents.
Speaking about the lifeguards arrival on beaches, Giordano Ceccarelli, Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘We’re excited to welcome the public to the RNLI’s lifeguard patrolled beaches in Scotland. The warmer weather always attracts more people keen to cool off in the water and we’re happy to be able to help ensure people’s safety. We urge people to stay safe by swimming between the red and yellow flags, and to remember that whilst the air temperature is higher the water does remain very cold throughout the year. If you get into trouble remember our advice to float on your back until cold water shock passes and then call for help.’
Notes to Editors:
To arrange an interview with an RNLI lifeguard team or a media event at an RNLI beach please contact Gemma McDonald using the below information.
The job of RNLI lifeguards is to provide a safe environment on the beach and to promote safe behaviour so that visitors can enjoy their day and return home safe at the end of it.
Over 249 beaches are patrolled across the UK and Channel Islands by over 1500 RNLI lifeguards. In 2017 RNLI lifeguards responded to 15,558 incidents and aided 24,044 people (UK and Channel Islands). RNLI lifeguard costs are supported by local authorities and beach owners as well as donations to the RNLI.
Dates for Scottish RNLI lifeguard patrolled beaches:
Aberdour Silver Sands - 26th May – 30th September
Burntisland, Leven, St Andrews East Sands, St Andrews West Sands and Elie Harbour - 23rd June – 27th August
Coldingham Bay – 26th May – 2nd September
RNLI media contacts
Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, email@example.com
RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789
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 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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