RNLI lifeguards return to offer ‘peace of mind’ to beach users in East Lindsey
Monday 19 May 2014
Author: Clare Hopps
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will be returning to keep watch over Skegness and Mablethorpe beaches from this weekend (Saturday 24 May).
The charity’s lifeguards in association with East Lindsey District Council will be on hand to ensure daily visitor safety and to offer friendly advice from 10am to 6pm from the Bank Holiday weekend through to 7 September.*
A service will also come on board at Sutton-on-Sea from 5 July with daily patrols again operating until 7 September.
This summer, for the first time, RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling Ingoldmells beach with a seven-day-a-week service also running from 5 July to 7 September.
During last year’s hot summer, RNLI lifeguards in East Lindsey helped and aided 544 people.
Vincent Pank, 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.
‘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.’
Vincent added: ‘Last year, the beaches were very busy with everyone making the most of the hot weather but, come rain or shine, we’ll be there keeping watch again this summer. We’re also looking forward to starting our new patrols on Ingoldmells beach and hope that people will pop along to say "hello”.’
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.
The photograph shows an RNLI lifeguard on patrol. Credit: RNLI.