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Lifeguards wind down after a very busy summer on the beaches of East Sussex

Lifeguards News Release

As the 2019 busy beach-going season comes to a close, the RNLI Lifeguards in East Sussex would like to thank the public for the fantastic donations and support that they have received.


Stormy weather and the lifeguards on duty at Hastings

The warm weather brought thousands of visitors to the beaches and this kept the lifeguards at full alert. A good lifeguard rarely gets wet because 95% of her/his work is preventative. This enables them effectively to save lives by teaching families and individuals how to respect the water, to understand the tide times and know how to get help quickly. Many of the visitors are returnees and appreciate how safe they feel because of the quick-thinking, highly trained lifeguards on the beach: good relationships have been forged.

Throughout the autumn and winter season the RNLI advises people to avoid swimming at a non-lifeguarded beach. If you find yourself entering the water accidentally, please be aware that cold water shock can take effect in waters below 15 degrees. Here are some useful guidelines to keep you safe

- fight your instinct to thrash around

- lean back, extend your arms and legs

- gently move your arms and legs to help you float

- float until you can control your breathing

- call for help or swim to safety

For further information, search #FloatToLive on

The beaches in Hastings and Camber will be lifeguarded again from spring 2020, and Bexhill in the summer 2020.


lifeguards at Hastings beach


lifeguards at Hastings beach in stormy weather


Hastings seafront : red flagged beach for safety


lifeguards setting up for the day at Hastings beach

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.