RNLI to resume Mablethorpe and Skegness beach patrols

RNLI lifeguards will be resuming summer patrols on Skegness beach this weekend
RNLI lifeguards will be resuming summer patrols on Skegness beach this weekend
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RNLI lifeguards will be returning to keep watch over Mablethorpe and Skegness beaches from this weekend (Saturday, May 23).

The charity’s lifeguards, in association with East Lindsey District Council, will be operating daily safety patrols from 10am to 6pm from the Bank Holiday weekend through to September 6.

A seven-day-a-week service will also begin at Sutton-on-Sea and Ingoldmells from July 4, with patrols again operating until September 6.

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

With 95 per cent of the role preventative, the teams will be on hand to offer friendly safety advice and tips on what to do if you get into trouble in the water.

RNLI lifeguard manager Vincent Pank said: “All of the charity’s lifeguards have spent the last month polishing their lifesaving skills and first aid abilities, and they’re looking forward to patrolling the beaches from the Bank Holiday.

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

For those heading to the beach, the RNLI’s top five beach safety tips are:

1 Swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags

2 Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas

3 Check tide times before you go

4 If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help

5 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