Busy first week of peak season for Kent’s RNLI Lifeguards

Lifeguards News Release

Sunshine and soaring temperatures at the weekend (17 and 18 July) saw thousands of people flock to Kent’s beaches, as RNLI lifeguards in Kent were kept very busy.


A lifeguard on patrol

Medical assistance was required for a person at Joss Bay who was rescued from the sea by lifeguards Amy and Zack and then brought ashore. The rescued person came back a few days later to thank the lifeguards for helping him on that day.

The beach at Botany Bay saw multiple incidents of people being trapped by the cliff as the tide came in. RNLI lifeguards Jen and Sommer assisted a group of six people in difficulty in the water after they were cut off by the tide.

Tamsin Wilmshurst, Lifeguard Supervisor for Botany Bay, says:

‘The cliffs can catch people out at Botany Bay when the tide comes in. People often get trapped and cut off meaning they need assistance in getting back ashore. If you’re unsure, we suggest getting advice from the lifeguards about the safest places to enter the water.’

On a quieter day, the RNLI Lifeguards at Botany Bay came to the rescue of a baby seal. Not their usual customer, but the seal was handed into the care of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Other incidents across the region included a rescue of a paddleboarder and other members of the public needing assistance in the water.

As the fair weather is set to continue this week and many expected to visit the beaches, the RNLI advises:

- Choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags

- Float to Live

- Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if in trouble

Notes to editors

· The RNLI have recently release their new children’s television advert which advises children (and adults) on how to float when they’re in trouble in the water: https://rnli.getbynder.com/m/296fcc7da2eb7287/original/RNLI-Kids-TV-Advert.mp4

· Find your nearest lifeguarded beach here: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

· For the RNLI’s Beach Safety advice: https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety

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