RNLI lifeguards demonstrate beach rescue capability on Merseyside
ON Friday, 28 May
2010 on Ainsdale Beach, the RNLI lifeguards based on
Merseyside are staged a rescue simulation exercise designed
to demonstrate their water-based rescue capabilities. The
charity took over the running of the lifeguard service on
Crosby, Southport and Ainsdale beaches from Sefton Council
earlier this year, and RNLI lifeguards have been patrolling
the three beaches since Easter. With the main summer season
approaching and more visitors expected to Sefton’s coast
over the coming weeks, RNLI Deputy Divisional Lifeguard
Manager, Rory Smith said the rescue demonstration is an
ideal opportunity to raise awareness of beach safety issues.
"RNLI lifeguards currently providing a weekend service at
Ainsdale and Southport beaches are now operating seven days
a week since Saturday, 29 May 2010, in order to provide a
full time lifesaving service to visitors during the main
summer season. The main role for RNLI lifeguards is
prevention, offering advice to people on the beach and
helping to prevent incidents from occurring in the first
place, however, they are also there and ready to respond to
anyone in trouble in the water. The rescue demonstration
should reassure visitors that the RNLI and Sefton Council
are fully committed to ensuring the seaside is a safe place
to enjoy the summer..." said Rory Smith.
This is the first year that lifeguards from the Royal
National Lifeboat Institution have provided safety patrols
on beaches in the north west of England.
The RNLI lifeguard service operates 365 days a year at
Crosby and will run seven days a week at Ainsdale and
Southport from the end of May until September. RNLI
lifeguards will also patrol Formby beach during the peak
summer season, from July 2010.
RNLI lifeguards based in Sefton are equipped with rescue
tubes designed to aid flotation and rescue boards on which
lifeguards can bring casualties back to shore. All RNLI
lifeguards are trained as first responders to the ambulance
service, which requires them to be trained to use
defibrillators and prioritise responses to medical
As we photographed the action our editor Patrick Trollope
dropped his phone. It was picked up and returned to him by a
Scottish Family staying at Pontins. "Thank you for
finding and returning it to me. It is good to find
people who are honest like this." said Patrick.
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