End of the busy summer season for RNLI lifeguards in East Sussex

Lifeguards News Release

After a busy summer keeping the public safe along the East Sussex coastline, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards finished their weekend-only patrols at Hastings Pelham and Marina St Leonards beaches on Sunday, 25 September.

RNLI Lifeguard on rescue watercraft (RWC) or jet ski

RNLI/Adam Gerrard

RNLI Lifeguard on rescue watercraft (RWC)

The charity’s lifeguards have worked with Hastings Borough Council to provide a summer service at these beaches.

The RNLI lifeguards, in association with Rother District Council and their beach patrol officers, will provide a daily service on Camber Central and at weekends only on Camber West, both from 10am to 6pm until 2 October when they will bring to a close the lifeguard season for 2022.

Hugh Richardson, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for East Sussex, said:

‘We have had a very busy season in East Sussex, with hot weather and numerous visitors who have enjoyed the summer on our local beaches. Our lifeguards have spoken to thousands of people, letting them know about beach and water safety and how to stay safe and well in the sun. They have done amazing work keeping our beaches safe and trained intensely to ensure they stay in top condition and are physically ready for the service.

‘During their service, the lifeguards, who have worked with council coastal officers and Bexhill and Camber beach patrol staff, have dealt with missing children, minor and lifesaving first aid incidents, and responded to rescues. They anticipated situations and intervened as soon as possible because 95% of a lifeguard’s work is preventative. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our lifeguards for their professionalism, hard work and dedication they showed this season.

‘As our teams in East Sussex are preparing to end their duty for the 2022 season this Sunday, we are reminding people to take extra care when heading to the coast during the coming months. The water temperature will drop significantly, so always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, check tides, weather, and sea conditions; and consider how might these factors affect your planned trip. Additionally, take the time to read the safety signage at the entrance of the beaches for any localised hazards.

‘If you get into difficulty, or if you see someone in difficulty on the coast or at sea, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. The RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews remain on call 24/7 all year round and will be tasked to assist in an emergency, but it is always best to assess the risks before heading to the coast so that you will stay safe.’

The lifeguards will be back for the 2023 service in time for the Easter holidays on Camber Sands, followed by the other East Sussex beaches returning in a phased approach. Until then, no off-season service will be operating in the region.

For those heading to the beach during these months, the RNLI’s off-season water safety reminder is also to Float to increase chances of survival:

1. Fight your instinct to thrash around.

2. Lean back and extend your arms and legs.

3. If you need to, gently paddle with the arms and legs to help you float.

4. Float until you can control your breathing.

5. Only then, call for help, swim to safety or continue floating until help arrives.

Lifeguard supervisors will be looking for new lifesavers for 2023 and over the winter, they will participate in local job fairs and other events where people can meet, get to know them, and learn more about lifeguarding and water safety. To find out more about how you can apply to be part of the lifeguarding team, please read the information on the RNLI website.

Ends

Notes to editors

· Local authorities part fund the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.

· To learn more about Float To Live, videos are available here and here.

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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.


Three RNLI Lifeguards in front of the lifeguarding hut in Hastings

RNLI/KT Bruce

RNLI Lifeguards in Hastings
Two RNLI Lifeguards on Camber Sands beach near the lifeguarding hut

RNLI/KT Bruce

RNLI Lifeguards on Camber Sands beach

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.

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.