Bridlington lifeguards busiest in the North

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Bridlington RNLI lifeguards are the busiest in the North of England for a second year in a row, according to recent figures released by the charity.

Bridlington South lifeguard team responded to 137 incidents last year, helping to save the lives of 143 people in total.

The Bridlington team was followed closely by Cullercoats, which dealt with 128 incidents aiding 203 people, and then Tynemouth, Longsands, which responded to 117 incidents helping 149 people.

Chris Ward, manger of the Bridlington Lifeguards, said: “It’s the second year in a row that we have been the busiest team in the north.

“We have a very proactive team and the building work on the beach has been present for the last two seasons.

“They’ve also been very proactive in keeping people away from all the construction work.”

The 2014 rescue statistics show the 33 RNLI lifeboat stations in the north rescued 930 people during 1,025 rescue launches, while RNLI lifeguards dealt with 1,905 incidents and helped 2,360 people.

Across the UK and Ireland in 2014, RNLI lifeboats launched 8,462 times.

Tony Clare, RNLI Coastal Incident Reduction Manager, said: “The RNLI’s rescue statistics emphasise the need for everyone to respect the water and follow simple safety advice.

“Some very basic precautions can keep people safe on and by the sea.”

Chris Ward added: “Always swim between the flags, make sure a lifeguard is present and download the RNLI Beach Finder app for more advice.”