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Tyne and Wear RNLI lifeguards offer peace of mind to beachgoers

Lifeguards News Release

As the peak lifeguarding season approaches and with an increase in beachgoers expected over the weekend owing to the predicted good weather, Tyne and Wear RNLI lifeguards remain dedicated to helping the public.

RNLI lifeguards on patrol

RNLI/Brad Johnson

RNLI lifeguards on patrol

The charity’s lifeguards are trained to offer friendly advice and medical assistance when needed.

Attending to large-scale incidents and rescues, the lifeguards also aid the public with smaller, minor injuries such as the occasional bump, graze, cut or bruise.

Isaac Noble, Tyne and Wear RNLI Seasonal Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘With the beaches getting busier, the most common injuries we deal with on a day-to-day basis include small cuts and grazes often caused from falling on or scraping against the rocks or on the promenade.’

At Whitley Bay on Thursday 1 June, a young child grazed their toe falling off a scooter. RNLI lifeguards were approached and eagerly helped the child, patching up their small injury.

‘Any incident, big or small, our lifeguards are happy to help. It’s what we do!

‘Even if members of the public just want to come by and speak to us, ask questions, or get advice; we are always happy to chat.’

The RNLI encourages people attending the beach to stay safe and to ask lifeguards for help no matter the scale of the incident.

The charity always advises people to visit a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags.

For beach safety information and tips, please visit:

Notes to editors

RNLI lifeguards are currently operating on the following beaches seven-days-a-week between 10am and 6pm:

  • Whitley Bay

  • Whitley Bay North

  • Cullercoats

  • Tynemouth Longsands

  • King Edward’s Bay

  • Sandhaven (Centre Beach)

  • Sandhaven (Mowbray)

  • Seaburn

  • Cats and Dogs

  • Roker

RNLI Picture caption

The photograph shows RNLI lifeguards on patrol. Photo credit: Brad Johnson

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Toni Carr, RNLI Media Engagement Placement on 07890 402106 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824 518641 or [email protected] 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 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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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.