The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will be back on the beaches of Norfolk and Suffolk this weekend for the start of their summer 2019 patrols.
The RNLI, the charity that save lives at sea, offer the lifeguard patrol service from May 11 to September 8 on the beaches at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Sea Palling, and Gorleston.
Further services will begin on May 25 at Lowestoft South and Southwold North, while peak season patrols will run from July 6 at Wells-next-the-sea, Sheringham East, West Runton, East Runton, Cromer West, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft North and Southwold South.
The charity’s lifeguards operate on behalf of North Norfolk District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, East Suffolk Council, Holkham Estate and Sentinel Leisure Trust, will be at their posts from 10am to 6pm every day.
Last year, 536,000 people visited RNLI patrolled beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk. Lifeguards helped 770 people, dealt with 63 major first aid incidents and saved the lives of 6 people.
95% of the lifeguards’ role is preventative and the teams have completed a period of extensive training. This ensures that every RNLI lifeguard has the vital skill-set to enable them to deal with everything from locating missing children through to performing major first-aid and lifesaving rescues.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Ted Morgan, said: ‘Following a comprehensive pre-season training programme the charity’s lifeguards are in peak condition and they’re really looking forward to returning to their posts.
We always advise people to visit a lifeguarded beach as, whatever the weather, we’ll be there to offer friendly safety advice such as always to swim between the red and yellow flags and information on tide times. It’s great to see visitors enjoying the coast safe in the knowledge that if they do get into difficulty we’ll be there to help."
The RNLI’s national water safety campaign Respect the Water helps people stay safe throughout the summer: www.respectthewater.com