Beach patrols stepped up for the summer

Bridlington Baking in the Sunshine'PA0922-18q'North Beach
Bridlington Baking in the Sunshine'PA0922-18q'North Beach

When the temperature soars and people flock to Bridlington’s beaches they can depend on a team of RNLI lifeguards should anything go wrong.

Recently a team of lifeguards began operating daily beach safety patrols keeping a watch from 10am to 6pm over Bridlington North and South, Belvedere, Limekiln Lane, and further down the coast at Hornsea and Withernsea.

For the 10 strong team in Bridlington that means dealing with anything from a cut toe to more serious injuries requiring first aid and helping people in trouble in the sea.

They handled around 100 such incidents a week last summer with South Beach being the busiest.

David Brant, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said: “95% of the role is preventative and the teams will be on hand to offer friendly safety advice, such as always to swim between the red and yellow flags and tips on what to do if you get into trouble in the water plus sun safety. Come rain or shine our charity’s lifeguards will be there to offer extra peace of mind to beach users and to ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit during the school holidays.”

The lifeguards themselves practice what they preach. Each is provided with a supply of factor 50 sunscreen, different hats for different conditions and sunglasses. “People frequently don’t realise they can get bad sunburn even if a sea breeze makes it feel comfortable and even when it is cloudy,” said David.

The service costs are supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the RNLI charity, and all recruits have undergone a period of extensive training and have passed rigorous fitness tests to ensure they are in top condition and physically ready for the daily service. They will be manning the beaches until September 6.