RNLI Lifeguards daily patrols return at Lowestoft and Southwold beaches
RNLI Lifeguards will return to Lowestoft North and Southwold South beaches on Saturday 6 July until Sunday 8 September. The charity’s lifeguards will be patrolling from 10am to 6pm everyday.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Liam Fayle-Parr said: ‘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.
‘Our lifeguards are looking forward to returning to the beaches and have completed all vital training to ensure the safety of all beach goers. We will be present to provide peace of mind, advice and to assist beach goers in anyway we can.’
Lowestoft South and Southwold North beaches have been patrolled daily by the charity’s lifeguards since Saturday 25 May. From Saturday 6 July these beaches will see an increase in lifeguards.
Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism said: ‘We are pleased to see these patrols return to our beautiful beaches for the busy summer season. Our beaches are some of the best in the country and we want beach goers to be able to enjoy their visit, whilst keeping in mind the importance of beach safety.’
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.
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.