RNLI Lifeguards begin patrols on Norfolk beaches

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI Lifeguards will return to a number of beaches across the East Coast this weekend. Wells-next-the-sea, Sheringham East, West Runton, East Runton and Cromer West beaches will be patrolled daily from 10am to 6pm beginning Saturday 6 July until Sunday 8 September.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Liam Fayle-Parr said: ‘Our lifeguards are looking forward to returning to the beaches and have completed all vital training to ensure the safety of all beach goers. 95% of our role is about prevention and at this time we would like to remind everyone how important it is to swim at a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the Red and Yellow Flags.

‘We will be on hand to assist the public with anything from safety information and advice, to tide times and missing children.'

Other beaches in the area have been patrolled daily since Saturday 25 May. Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley and Sea Palling beaches will see an increase in the number of lifeguards patrolling from Saturday 6 July.

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council added: ‘I’m delighted that the Lifeguards will be starting their patrols on the other beaches this weekend. It marks the start of the peak season, and it is very reassuring to have these dedicated professionals back on our Blue Flag beaches. The safety of all beach users is a top priority and I would urge all beach users to follow their advice and guidance.’

Notes to editors

  • 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.

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