RNLI lifeguards set to return to East Lindsey over the Bank Holiday weekend
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will be returning to East Lindsey to offer a reassuring presence on Skegness and Mablethorpe beaches from this weekend (Saturday 26 May).*
The charity’s lifeguards will be at their posts from 10am to 6pm. The daily service will operate until Sunday 9 September.
A service will also come on board at Sutton-on-Sea and Ingoldmells from 7 July with daily patrols again operating until 9 September.
95% of the role is preventative and the teams have completed a period of extensive training. This ensures that every RNLI lifeguard has the vital skill-set to enable them to deal with everything from locating missing children through to performing major first-aid and lifesaving rescues.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Arun Gray, said: ‘Following a comprehensive training programme our charity’s lifeguards are in peak mental and physical condition and they’re really looking forward to returning to their posts.
‘We always advise people to visit a lifeguarded beach where patrols will be on-hand to offer friendly safety advice such as always to swim between the red and yellow flags and information on tide times.
‘It’s great to see visitors enjoying the coast safe in the knowledge that if they do get into difficulty we’ll be there to help. We hope that people will pop along to Mablethorpe or Skegness this weekend to say “hello” -whatever the weather, we’ll be there.’
The RNLI has just launched its national water safety campaign Respect the Water to help people stay safe throughout the summer: RNLI.org/RespectTheWater
Notes to editors
This year marks the 10th anniversary of RNLI lifeguard patrols at Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea.
As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week.
Local authorities part fund the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.
RNLI Picture caption
The photograph shows the East Lindsey RNLI lifeguard team in 2017 (RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Arun Gray is pictured far left). Credit: RNLI.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.