RNLI Lifeguards Start Beach Patrols

Thursday 28 May 2009

Author: Russell Matthews

RNLI Lifeguards Start Beach Patrols
RNLI Lifeguards officially started their first summer season on Skegness Central Beach this morning with a demonstration rescue for the media.

For several years the RNLI has been expanding it's sea rescue services around the coast of the United Kingdom and in January it was announced that the Lincolnshire coast will have RNLI lifeguards stationed at Skegness, Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe.

Visitors to Skegness will benefit from expert sea and beach-safety advice offered by the team of 12 RNLI-trained lifeguards on top of the first-class rescue services provided by the town's inshore and all-weather lifeboats.

The lifeguard service is provided in cooperation with East Lindsey District Council. Deputy Leader of the council, Dick Eddington said, "The Lincolnshire coast is expecting an increase in visitor numbers this year due to the recession and it is important that those visitors are well looked after."

Darren Lewis, RNLI Divisional Lifeguard Manager added, "The RNLI launched its Life First campaign last year which highlights the charity's development from a lifeboat service to a lifeboat and lifeguard service."

Further information about the RNLI's Lifeguard service can be found on the Life First website.

More photos from the press launch and mock rescue can be found in the gallery.

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