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Council and RNLI work together for safety on our beaches

ByEmily

Sep 12, 2016

REDCAR & Cleveland Borough Council and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are working together to improve safety on the beaches.

Following a series of incidents around the UK’s coastline, the RNLI has extended its beach lifeguard service at Saltburn over the weekends until Sunday 25 September. The charity’s lifeguards will be available between 10am and 6pm.

Saltburn is a popular destination for swimmers and surfers, as well as walkers who venture near the base of the cliffs, and the tide can cause difficulties for people who may become trapped.

The council has installed a number of signs at Huntcliff in Saltburn to urge people to check the tide times.

Councillor Alec Brown, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “We are urging people to be extra careful on our beaches, especially in Saltburn, and are asking them to take special note of the tide times which the council publicises online and on social media.

“With the lovely warm weather we have been having, we have seen an increase in visitors to our beaches, and would ask them to make sure they are up to date with any safety advice concerning the sea.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the lifeguards and volunteer crews at the RNLI who do invaluable work in the endeavour of keeping us safe.”

David Brant, RNLI Acting Lifeguard Manager, said: “We’re delighted that we have been able to extend the lifeguard cover to provide extra peace of mind to beach users at Saltburn. We’d urge anyone visiting the beach to pop over to our patrols for friendly advice on tide times and the safe areas in which to swim.

“It’s great that the council has installed extra safety signage. Coupled with the extended lifeguarding session, this will ensure that people can have a safe and enjoyable visit to the beach.”

For safety advice, please visit: www.rnli.org.uk/respectthewater

By Emily