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Busy summer for RNLI lifeguards in the East of England

Lifeguards News Release

With over 50 incidents this summer already, the RNLI lifeguards across the East of England issue a safety warning to beachgoers ahead of an even busier month.

RNLI Lifeguards at Cromer beach.

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI Lifeguards at Cromer beach.

The charity’s team has responded to various events over the past few weeks; rescuing jet skiers, assisting paddleboarders, saving swimmers, finding missing beachgoers, and administering essential first aid.

The RNLI lifeguards across the East of England cover numerous beaches ranging from Wells-next-the-Sea to Southwold.

The charity’s lifeguards have already worked closely with their fellow lifesavers this summer, including the RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew and the HM Coastguard in the local area.

Lifeguard Supervisor Arna Tolliday praised her fellow lifeguards for their hard work already: ‘The RNLI is proud of the lifeguards in the East of England for all of the hard work they continue putting in and the positive outcomes they’ve facilitated for those in need.

'The warm weather and school holidays have increased beachgoers and our team continue to work very hard to maintain safe beaches. We advise all beachgoers this summer to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags; if you find yourself in trouble, one of our lifeguards will easily be able to spot you.

'If you find yourself or anyone else in trouble in and around the water when visiting a lifeguarded beach, please dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.'

For more information on how to stay safe this summer, please visit: RNLI Beach Safety – Top Five Tips To Stay Safe By The Sea

To find your nearest lifeguarded beach, please visit: Lifeguarded Beaches - Find Your Nearest Lifeguarded Beach (

Notes to editors

Lifeguard Supervisor Arna Tolliday is available for interview.

RNLI media contacts

For more information, please contact Derry Salter, RNLI Media Engagement Placement on: 07890 402106 or email: [email protected]

Or, the RNLI Press Office available 24/7 on: 01202 336789 or email: [email protected]

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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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