An RNLI water safety event held at Seaton Carew recently attracted hundreds of visitors throughout the day as water safety demonstrations took place and information for children and adults was available on how to be safe at the seaside and near water.
Learning how to carry out CPR, use a throw bag or book a swimming lesson were just a few of the activities available.
Hartlepool RNLI crew member and Water Safety Officer Jayne Mandeville said 'We have had a really busy day with members of the public and families turning up and taking part in some of the activities that we organised.
Myself and my fellow volunteer RNLI crewmembers have been really busy this year so If today's event helps save one life or prevents an accident then its been more than worthwhile.
I have to thank Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cipher Medical and Puddle Ducks Tees Valley for attending the event that has helped make it such a successful day and Morrisons for supplying refreshments for us'.
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.