Lifeguards return to Lowestoft

RNLI Lifeguards last year Credit: ITV Anglia

Lifeguards will return to Lowestoft South beach this weekend, as the RNLI continues to step up it's services across the region.

Since lockdown restrictions were eased last month, the RNLI has rolled out lifeguard patrols on 47 beaches in England, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, including at nearby Gorleston.

They say these beaches are now operational and that the new ways of working has been properly put to the test.

Because of that, it can now increase the number of beaches with lifeguard services.

The charity is hoping to have lifeguards on around 170 beaches by early July - that's 70 per cent of the beaches it would patrol in a normal summer.

RNLI Chief Executive, Mark Dowie, said:

Lifeguards are already operating on more beaches than initially expected by this date, with up to 40 beaches due to have safety patrols this weekend including Lowestoft, bringing the total to more than 80;.

Mark Dowie added:

New measures to deal with the Coronavirus mean the RNLI lifeguard service will look a little different this year.

Lifeguards will wear PPE like ambulance crews in some situations and they may not respond to minor first aid cases in favour of supporting people to treat themselves.

They will also try to keep socially distant from beach goers, and may need to adopt different patrol methods at times to help keep people safe while maintaining social distancing.