Rescue services join forces

DON’T be alarmed if you witness the full force of Bridlington’s coastal rescue services in action on South Beach next Wednesday, June 28.

Members of the Lifeguard team, Coastguard and RNLI Lifeboat crews are all descending on the beach at 6pm for a rare combined services exercise.

The event is designed to help the teams learn more about each others practices and procedures so that in the event of a real emergency they are able to work together as smoothly as possible.

David Brant, East Riding lifeguard supervisor, explains: “The main purpose is to get a bit of cross over work under our belts before the season really gets going.

“We all need to work together, and because the lifeguards are seasonal it is good to be able to see how each of the other teams work so that if something big did happen, then we’ll be even better prepared to work together.”

Members of the public are invited to go along to watch the exercise at a safe distance, and although it is not taking part in the exercise, it is hoped the RAF Sea King helicopter will also land on the beach before the action starts.

The exercise itself will consist of a rapid water recovery of four ‘casualties’ by the RNLI Beach Lifeguard Unit, a recovery and transfer of a further three casualties by the RNLI Inshore and All-weather Lifeboats then a swift water recovery of one last casualty by the Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team.

The training event comes two-weeks before the Lifeguard team will be patrolling Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea beaches full-time for the summer season.