Ramsgate beach RNLI lifeguard unit broken into

Lifeguards News Release

Last night, in the third break-in of the season, the garage of the RNLI beach lifeguard unit was broken into with a crowbar; a helmet was stolen in the event.

RNLI/Lucy-Jane Macgowan

The garage unit where the quad bike is kept

The situation was reported by a local concessionaire, who noticed that the shutter doors were left open exposing the garage contents. Some garage padlocks were broken in the attempt, leaving the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) vulnerable.

Lucy-Jane Macgowan, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for the Kent beaches, said: ‘Our purpose is to save lives at sea and ensure that the public can enjoy the beach in this good weather.

With our lifeguards going on full-time duty on 6th July in preparation for the summer holidays, it is imperative that we have all of our equipment available and functional in order to be able to act swiftly. The ATV allows us to get to incidents with speed. Had something happened to it, it is likely that we would have had to close down the beach. With a hot, sunny weekend forecast, we cannot afford for our equipment to be missing or out of action. If you know who’s responsible or saw anything, please call Kent Police on 101 and let them know.’

Media contacts

For more information, or for interview requests, contact Julie Rainey, Regional Media Manager for London and the south east, on 07827 358 256 / julie_rainey@rnli.org.uk , Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer on 07785 296 252 or paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 / pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

RNLI/Lucy-Jane Macgowan

The broken padlock

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