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RNLI lifeguards return to region's beaches

An RNLI lifeguard on the beach at Saltburn.
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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RNLI veteran Vera celebrates 100th birthday

Vera cuts her cake at special party to mark her 100th birthday Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Vera Robinson MBE is one of the RNLI’s oldest fundraisers, and today she is celebrating her centenary.

Vera began raising funds for the Redcar RNLI in 1930.

She is now president of the Redcar Lifeboat Ladies Guild.

Her one hundredth birthday party was hosted by the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland.

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RNLI advertises "best summer job"

New recruits are needed for 'Britain's best summer job' - beach lifeguarding for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Candidates need to prove they are courageous, selfless, trustworthy and dependable to make the grade.

Recruitment is now open for this summer's crop of beach lifeguards to be stationed around the UK and Channel Islands.

Successful applicants will receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, as well as boosting their CVs.

Recruits will also be trained in using lifesaving equipment including rescue boards, tubes and defibrillators.

RNLI lifeguards patrol over 200 beaches. Last year they saved 100 lives, rescued 1,567 people and responded to more than 19,500 incidents.

To find out more, visit www.rnli.org.uk/jobs.

"Working as a lifeguard has got to be Britain's best summer job.

"Of course it's incredible to be able to call the beach your office but far more importantly than that, you could save a life this summer. And the skills you'll learn will benefit you for the rest of your life.

"But make no mistake, this is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head.

"We want people with the courage, determination and good sense to draw on their training and make the right decision if someone's life is in danger."

– RNLI lifeguard manager Brett Shepherd

'Neknomination' teen threatened to jump in sea

Coastguards were called out to reports of a teenager threatening to jump in the rough sea at Saltburn after playing the "neknomination" drinking game.

The RNLI Lifeboat based in Redcar was also sent to Saltburn Pier after being alerted by Cleveland Police, but the teenager was later found to be at home.

After going to the pier, Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team found the male had posted his intention to jump from it on social media after taking part in the online game.

"The craze of neknominate is spreading virally through Facebook but before accepting your mission please just stop and think about what you are doing.

"If you have been drinking, your judgement will be impaired and you will be more likely to be overcome by the cold, dark sea. Your acceptance of the dare is highly likely to be life threatening.

"Alcohol is a contributory factor in a significant number of coastal drownings every year. Alcohol and sea water really don't mix."

– Humber Coastguard watch manager Bev Allen

Teenagers rescued after tide leaves them stranded in cave

Two teenagers were rescued by a Sunderland RNLI lifeboat team after becoming cut off by the tide in a small cave near Castletown. The coastguard received a 999 call from a friend of the two stranded teenagers, who were stuck on rocks on the North bank of the River wear.

"After the alarm was raised the lads made the right decision to wait for our assistance, had they tried to swim or climb up the rock they could have got into a lot more trouble.""It is worth bearing in mind that the river is tidal just as the coastline is, certain areas that are accessible at one part of the day can become a trap later."

– Luke McGill Crewman at Sunderland RNLI
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