RNLI lifeguards set to return to Skegness and Mablethorpe beaches for summer season

An RNLI lifeguard keeping watch. Photo credit: RNLI.
An RNLI lifeguard keeping watch. Photo credit: RNLI.
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Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will be returning to keep a watchful eye over Skegness and Mablethorpe beaches from this weekend (Saturday, 25 May).

The charity’s lifeguards will be operating daily beach safety patrols between 10am and 6pm from the Bank Holiday weekend through to September 8.

A full service will also come on board at Sutton-on-Sea from June 22 with daily patrols again operating until 8 September.

All of the RNLI’s lifeguards have spent the last month honing their lifesaving skills and first aid abilities and they are now looking forward to the service becoming operational on the beaches.

Ninety-five per centof the role is preventative and the lifeguards will be on hand to offer friendly safety advice, such as always swimming between the red and yellow flags and tips on what to do if you get into trouble in the water.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager Vincent Pank said: “We’re delighted to be starting our patrols again this weekend.

“The lifeguards have undergone a period of comprehensive training and passed rigorous fitness tests to ensure that everyone is in top condition and physically ready for the seasonal service.

“Our lifeguards are there to provide a reassuring presence on the beach and to offer extra piece of mind to visitors, enabling them to have a safe and enjoyable experience at the seaside.”

The RNLI runs the lifeguard service in partnership with the district council.

East Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Coun Adam Grist, said: “As the main tourist season is now upon us, we prepare for the start of the lifeguard patrols on the central beaches in Mablethorpe, Skegness and Sutton-on-Sea.

“The visible presence of lifeguards on our beaches is important for both visitors and local people, and reassuring that assistance is there if someone gets into difficulty.

“We’d always encourage people to respect the sea and to ensure they familiarise themselves with the flags and follow the advice provided by the lifeguards.’

For those heading to the beach, the RNLI’s top five beach safety tips are - swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags; check tide times before you go; if you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help; if you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.