RNLI lifeguard season in North Yorkshire comes to an end
On September 4, the lifeguard service at the beaches across North Yorkshire came to an end as the RNLI lifeguard season finished.
The RNLI lifeguard service at Cayton Bay, Filey, Redcar, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Saltburn, Scarborough North Bay, Scarborough South Bay and Whitby has come to an end as the summer season closes.
The charity’s lifeguards have worked very hard and have been extremely busy with the number of beachgoers. The team have rescued paddleboarders, saved stranded swimmers and performed essential first aids, with a few casualties even returning to the beaches to thank the lifeguards.
A notable moment of the season was the August bank holiday weekend which kept the RNLI Saltburn lifeguards extremely busy. Senior Lifeguard Tom Davis and his team responded to nine separate incidents and aided 18 different beachgoers. These incidents ranged from first aids to aquatic rescues to tidal cut offs.
Lifeguard Supervisor Jennifer Laffan congratulated the North Yorkshire team’s efforts: ‘Our lifeguard team across North Yorkshire have worked immensely hard over the summer. It’s brilliant that so many beachgoers chose to visit a lifeguarded beach this summer and followed our safety advice.’
The charity advises that should people wish to visit a beach during the offseason to continue following their Float to Live advice. If you find yourself in trouble in the water:
· Fight your instinct to thrash around
· Lean back, extend your arms and legs
· If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to float
· Float until you can control your breathing
· Only then call for help or swim to safety
If you decide to visit a beach throughout the offseason, ensure you carry a mobile in case you find yourself in trouble. Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if you find yourself in difficulty in and around the water.
For more information on how to stay safe at the beach, please visit: RNLI Beach Safety – Top Five Tips To Stay Safe By The Sea
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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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