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Hopes For More Lifeguards On Yorkshire Coast Beaches

Hopes For More Lifeguards On Yorkshire Coast Beaches

Published by Karen Liu at 7:01am 2nd June 2020.

The RNLI says it is hoping to bring lifeguards to more Yorkshire coast beaches.

It is after Scarborough's South Bay was the first to re-introduce them at the weekend.

The charity says it was busy with around 400 people on the beach.

Nick Ayers, Regional Lead for Water Safety, said:

"We're looking to bring those beaches forward as fast as possible and as safely as possible as well.

Ensuring that we've got all the correct PPE for the lifeguards and ensuring that we've done the correct training.

We feel that we're now in that position that we can start rolling out more beaches and bringing them slightly forward than we expected.

We're still aiming to have a 30 percent reduction of the service."

Nick says it is worrying so many people went to unmanned beaches like Cayton Bay.

He added:

"It is a concern. It really is. We're really urging the public to adhere to our safety message campaign that we brought out with the coastguard.

So if it is impossible and you can't get to a lifeguarded beach, which we understand that that might be case, then go to those next steps where we said 'have a plan'."

Nick Ayers has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

Anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember and follow RNLI safety advice:

  • Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Don’t allow your family to swim alone
  • Don’t use inflatables
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
  • In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard

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