Funding boost for local lifeguard service

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The lifeguard service on East Lindsey’s main tourist beaches has been kept afloat for another three years after councillors agreed to fund the service to the tune of £172,985 in a vote cast earlier today.

The services on Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea’s beaches have now been protected until 2016.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Beach Safety and tourism, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “The RNLI has provided a high quality and respected beach lifeguard service in East Lindsey for a number of years now and I’m pleased we’re able to extend that agreement. Not only do the lifeguards provide a visible reassuring presence to beach users, they also offer advice on water safety and the need to respect the sea.”

Darren Lewis, RNLI Senior Lifeguard Manager, said: “The RNLI is delighted to be working with East Lindsey District Council for another three years and the partnership continues to go from strength to strength.”

He added: “Our lifeguards are looking forward to keeping the area’s beaches safe and protected throughout the summer seasons and will once again be providing a friendly and reassuring presence to the thousands of tourists and local people who enjoy the popular coastline.”