Summer patrols begin for RNLI in Mablethorpe and Sutton

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BEACHGOERS across Mablethorpe and Sutton can rest assured of expert safety patrols as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) began their summer watch.

Saturday, May 28 saw the beginning of the summer for the RNLI as they cast their watchful eye across the beach and bathing areas ensuring the safety of everyone.

A total of seven lifeguards will patrol the beaches in Mablethorpe and Skegness for the next 14 weeks as the tourist season gets underway. Safety patrols, with three additional lifeguards at Sutton on Sea will begin on Saturday June 25 for 10 weeks.

Lifeguards based in Skegness will operate the charity’s rescue water craft to aid water users.

RNLI area lifeguard supervisor Mark Hargreaves said: “All of the RNLI’s lifeguards have spent the last month refreshing their lifesaving skills and first aid abilities and are now looking forward to the service becoming operational on the beaches.

“We are hoping the sunshine brings both residents and tourists to the area to enjoy the beaches and would advise all visitors to seek out the lifeguards for information on local conditions and to swim between the red and yellow flags.”

The seven-day-a-week lifeguard service is partially funded by East Lindsey District Council, which pays the lifeguards’ wages. The RNLI charity provides training costs and equipment, through charitable donations, which equates to £1,000 per lifeguard, per season.