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RNLI Lifeguards start daily patrols in North Yorkshire

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI Lifeguards will be patrolling the beaches along the North Yorkshire Coast on a daily basis from Saturday 29 June. The Charity’s Lifeguards will be at their posts from 10am to 6pm and the daily service will operate until Sunday 1 September.

Nigel Millard

Lifeguard on Beach

The lifeguards will begin daily patrols at Cayton Bay, Sandsend and Runswick Bay from next weekend. Lifeguards are already carrying out daily patrols at Filey, Scarborough North, Scarborough South and Whitby. The Lifeguards have been working hard to complete vital training and are looking forward to returning to the beaches full time.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Alex Richardson said: ‘Following a stringent training programme our charity’s lifeguards are in peak condition and they’re really looking forward to returning to their posts. Whatever the weather, we’ll be there to offer friendly safety advice.

‘95% 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.’

We always advise people to visit a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags. It’s great to see visitors enjoying the coast with the extra peace of mind of knowing that we are there should they need us.’

For more information on how to stay safe on the coast this summer please visit rnli.org.uk


RNLI Notes to editors

  • As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week.

  • Local authorities part fund the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.

RNLI Media Contacts

For more information contact:

Kate Driver, RNLI Regional Media Engagement on 07486872956 or email at kate_driver@rnli.org.uk

Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07824518641 or email at clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

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