Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards will return to keep a watchful eye over beaches in East Yorkshire in the coming years.

rnli lifeguard
rnli lifeguard

The RNLI has recently agreed a new term with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide the summer lifeguarding service on a rolling contract.

The charity that saves lives at sea has worked in partnership with the Council for the past five years to provide the lifeguard service on Bridlington North and South beaches and Hornsea and Withernsea beaches – with the addition this year of Belvedere beach.*

Owing to the long spells of favourable weather this summer, RNLI lifeguards experienced a busy season in the north, dealing with 1,408 incidents compared to 1,143 last summer – a 23.2% increase.*

As well as the summer beach safety patrols, the RNLI will continue to operate their education programme across the region.

This will include school presentations on how to stay safe at the beach and what to do if you get into trouble in the water and the ‘Hit the Surf’ programme, where schools are invited to the beach to get involved with interactive water workshops and learn new safety skills.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager Chris Ward, said: ‘We’re delighted that the lifeguarding contract has been extended and we’ll continue to work closely with our colleagues at East Riding of Yorkshire Council to help provide the safest and best experience across the coast.

‘After a busy summer, our lifeguards are looking forward to returning to the region’s beaches next year and will again be on hand to spot potential dangers before they develop, offer friendly safety advice and respond if anyone does get into difficulty.’

Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: ‘The council is pleased to be continuing its association with the RNLI and that the organisation will again be providing lifeguard services in the East Riding. Our beaches are one of the area’s major tourist assets and we are keen that both residents and visitors enjoy these in a safe manner.’

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

The photograph shows an RNLI lifeguard on patrol. Credit: RNLI.