Lifeguards back patrolling borough's beaches this weekend

Lifeguards are set to return to North Tyneside's beaches.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 8:12 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 4:35 pm
RNLI lifeguard training. Picture by Nigel Millard/RNLI.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will be offering a reassuring presence during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday.

They will be at their posts on Whitley Bay, Cullercoats, King Edwards Bay, and Tynemouth Longsands South from 10am to 6pm daily until Sunday, September 4 – with Tynemouth Longsands North having a weekend-only service until July 16, before the daily service starts.

RNLI lifeguard manager Carl Harris, said: “Following a stringent training programme, our charity’s lifeguards are in peak condition and they’re really looking forward to returning to their posts.

“We always advise people to visit a lifeguarded beach. It’s great to see visitors enjoying the coast with the extra peace of mind of knowing that we are there should they need us.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The RNLI provides an invaluable service on our beautiful beaches.

“Our coastline attracts thousands of people every summer and they come knowing that they can rely on the beaches as being clean, safe and well-maintained, because of the sterling efforts that the RNLI lifeguards and our seasonal beach wardens undertake.”