RNLI Lifeguards begin daily patrols on Great Yarmouth beaches
RNLI Lifeguards will take up their positions at Hemsby and Great Yarmouth beach on Saturday 6 July until Sunday 8 September, with patrols already underway at Gorleston-on-Sea. The charity's lifeguards will be patrolling all three beaches from 10am to 6pm everyday, on behalf of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Liam Fayle-Parr said: 'Our lifeguards are looking forward to returning to the beaches and have completed all vital training to ensure the safety of all beach goers. 95% of our role is about prevention and at this time we would like to remind everyone how important it is to swim at a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the Red and Yellow Flags.
'We will be on hand to assist the public with anything from safety information and advice, to tide times and missing children'.
Gorelston beach has been patrolled daily since Saturday 11 May and will be patrolled until Sunday 15 September. From Saturday 6 July the number of lifeguards patrolling Gorelston will increase as the peak season gets underway.
Cllr Andy Grant, chairman of the housing and neighbourhoods committee at the borough council, said: 'The borough's coastal bathing waters are rated as excellent by the Environment Agency, so many people this season will choose to go for a swim or paddle here, with the full assurance that our water is of the highest, cleanest quality in England.
'The council has a proud and long-standing relationship with the RNLI to provide a highly regarded lifeguarding service, helping to keep visitors safe on the borough's most popular beaches.
'The lifeguards have saved many lives over the years, either directly or indirectly through their preventative actions, and people who opt to go into the sea at Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Hemsby can do so with the confidence and peace-of-mind that a trained lifeguard is looking out for them.'
Press release issued on behalf of RNLI, July 3, 2019