Six of Norfolk’s beaches will once again benefit from daily patrols by RNLI lifeguards from tomorrow.
Beaches at Sheringham, Cromer East, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston will be covered seven days a week (10am to 6pm) by the charity’s highly-trained lifeguards until 15 September. A further three beaches at East Runton, Cromer West and Hemsby will have daily patrols in time for the main school holidays from 6 July to 8 September.
Lifeguards preparing for the new season have been put through their paces with timed swims, beach runs and extensive casualty care training.
– Vince Pank, Lifeguard Manager
‘We are very pleased to be returning to provide a lifeguarding service to nine local beaches. Whilst our lifeguards are well-equipped to tackle rescue and first aid scenarios, 95% of their work is preventative. During patrols they are on hand to provide beach safety advice and answer the questions of Norfolk’s beachgoers.’
Last summer lifeguards in Norfolk responded to 704 incidents, and spoke to over 18,000 beachgoers.
In August, Dan Tyler and Nick Ayers rescued a girl from a dangerous rip current whilst they were off duty, training on the beach at Gorleston. Their quick-thinking actions and bravery were commended with a Surf Life Saving GB Heroes of the Surf award earlier this year.
Dan is now heading up the RNLI’s new Suffolk patrols in Southwold and Lowestoft, whilst Nick has joined the team in Thanet, Kent, in a new supervisor role.