Thanet & Swale RNLI Lifeguards kept busy as they prepare for the summer season

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI Lifeguards across the beaches of Thanet & Swale were kept busy last week with multiple incidents, training sessions and a sewage leak to contend with.

Female lifeguard sitting on high chair under a parasol is looking out to sea through binoculars

RNLI

Lifeguard on watch

Margate’s beaches saw many incidents over the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June. On the afternoon of Saturday (12 June), lifeguards at Botany Bay were involved in a two hour search for a missing child.

Also during that weekend, lifeguards at Botany Bay were involved in a rescue of a person in difficulty in the water. The person was rescued by the RNLI lifeguards and then taken into the care of an ambulance.

Sunday 13 June saw five incidents at Minnis Bay that were handled by lifeguards Cara and Sommer.

Lifeguard Supervisor, Charlie Frame says: ‘As our beaches are getting busier, we ask that you make the decision to use a lifeguarded beach. The red and yellow flags show the safest place to enter the water. We expect the beaches to be busier than ever this year, so choosing a lifeguarded beach gives that extra reassurance.’

During the week, the lifeguards were informed of a sewage leak covering many of the beaches around Margate. Red flags have been put up along these beaches to indicate that it is not safe to enter the water during this time.

Training sessions have been running all week with lifeguards practising their casualty care and fitness ahead of the influx of tourists expected over the summer holidays.

If you are planning to visit a beach this summer, the RNLI advises you to:

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

- If in trouble in the water, float to live

- In an emergency dial 999 for the Coastguard.

Notes to editors

The RNLI Beach Safety advice can be found here: rnli.org/safety/beach-safety

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Sarah Beck, Media Engagement Placement on 07929 673280 or Sarah_Beck@rnli.org.uk or Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer on 07785 296252 or Paul_Dunt@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

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.