Lifeguards return to Bridlington for summer

Lifeguards Matt Oliver and Dan Benfield on duty on Bridlington south beach
Lifeguards Matt Oliver and Dan Benfield on duty on Bridlington south beach

RNLI lifeguards will once again be on patrol to watch out for those using Bridlington’s beaches this summer.

The patrols began over the busy bank holiday weekend and have carried on all week during half term holidays, with lifeguards already helping lost children, administering first aid for minor cuts and bruises and attending one suspected spinal injury.

Weekend lifeguard patrols will operate until July 6, after which a seven-day-a-week service will commence until September 8, and for the first time, the RNLI will patrol Belvedere beach – the area just down from south beach close to Bridlington’s park and ride site, which is becoming increasingly popular with families.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager Chris Ward said: “Working closely with our partners at East Riding Council, and we’re really looking forward to starting our lifeguarding service at Belvedere. The new patrols will complement our existing operations at Bridlington North and South beaches.

“Our research has shown us that Belvedere beach is very popular with families and a wide variety of water users. RNLI lifeguards will now be available to offer friendly safety advice to such visitors.

“We’ve already had a busy start helping families enjoying the seaside and are looking forward to a good summer.”

The RNLI’s team of 20 lifeguards will patrol the East Riding, including Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea beaches.

Coun Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding Council, said: “Here in the East Riding, our beaches are one of the main attractions for visitors and we obviously want people to enjoy them in a safe way.

“Once again, the council is delighted to be working in partnership with the RNLI to provide the lifeguard service, including patrols at our resort beaches, which will give peace of mind for residents and visitors alike.”

95% of the lifeguards’ role is preventative, and so the RNLI have again issued safety advice for beach users including: always to swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags; never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas; check tide times; if you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help and if you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard.

If you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.