RNLI Lifeguard Facility vandalised twice in three weeks at Cullercoats Beach

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RNLI Lifeguard Facility vandalised twice in three weeks at Cullercoats Beach

RNLI Lifeguards have had to deal with incidents of criminal damage and graffiti. The charity has to work quickly to have facilities repaired so the lifeguards can focus on their role of patrolling the beach and keeping the public safe.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Sean Mills said: ‘It’s worrying how often our facilities are being vandalised. It is incredibly disappointing for our lifeguards to arrive at work and find their facilities have been damaged.

‘We would like to appeal to those who inflict or aim to inflict damage on RNLI property, we are a charity that focuses on saving lives and the money that is used to repair this damage could be used for more important things.’

If you have any information regarding the vandalism, please contact 101.


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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