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RNLI lifeguard patrols return to Portsmouth beaches this weekend

Lifeboats News Release

As summer sets in, a team of RNLI lifeguards will return to the beaches of Portsmouth this weekend to keep the public safe throughout the summer season.

Patrols will begin this Saturday (2 July) on Southsea East, Central and West beaches and run from 10am until 6pm, seven days a week, until September 4.
 
Ed Stevens, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: ‘It’ll be great to be patrolling the beaches of Portsmouth again this year. We’ve spent the past few weeks getting ready for the new season, welcoming back returning lifeguards and training new recruits.
 
‘We want people to Respect the Water and enjoy the seaside safely, so if you’re visiting the city’s beaches this summer, make sure you speak to an RNLI lifeguard who’ll be able to tell you the safest place to swim and have fun doing other activities in, on and around the water.’
 
Ed added: ‘Our RNLI lifeguards are highly trained and are equipped with vital lifesaving kit like rescue boards and first aid responder bags, which allow them to treat a variety of injuries ranging from weaver fish stings, to broken legs and even cardiac arrest.’
 
Last year, the charity’s lifeguards rescued four people, saved one life and dealt with more than 100 incidents during their fifth season on the beaches of Portsmouth.
 
On the very first day of the season in 2015, 16 year old lifeguard Sydney Horsted helped a man with a suspected heart attack just 13 minutes in to her first ever shift saving lives. Read the story here
 
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RNLI media contacts
 
·         Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252  tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
·         Sophie Coller-Nielsen Press Officer (London/East/South East), 0207 6207416, 07824 416615 sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
 
For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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 Ireland from 238 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 240 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.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

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