RNLI lifeguards return to North East beaches

Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeguards return to North East beaches this weekend at the start of the summer season

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Keeping watch: lifeguards begin the summer season

The weather may be far from warm but RNLI lifeguards begin their summer patrols on North East beaches this weekend.

They will operate at stretches of beach on Tyneside and Wearside, as well as Redcar and Saltburn.

Keeping watch at Tynemouth Longsands beach Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Tynemouth Longsands attracts surfers as well as families Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The aim is to prevent problems before they occur Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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RNLI lifeguards return to region's beaches

An RNLI lifeguard on the beach at Saltburn. Credit: ITV

RNLI lifeguards are back on the beaches for the summer season.

Patrols will operate on seven beaches on Tyneside and three beaches on Wearside from today (Saturday May 24) until September. Saltburn and Redcar are also covered by the lifeguards.

Last summer, RNLI lifeguards in helped and aided almost two thousand people across the North East

Carl Harris, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: "We'll be there to offer extra peace of mind to beach users.

"The team will be happy to provide safety advice such as always to swim between the red and yellow flags and information on tide times.

"Ninety five percent of the role is preventative but RNLI lifeguards are highly trained and are equipped to deal with everything from locating missing children and treating minor cuts and grazes through to performing major first-aid and lifesaving rescues."

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