As the summer approaches Norfolk’s team of Lifeguards start the seasons patrol.
Yet as we all get excited for the summer and ready to storm the beaches, the counties Lifeguards are providing some simple advice to keep those summer days accident free.
Stuart Thompson, RNLI Lifeguard Manager for East Anglia tells the Eastern Daily Press,
“There are many perils out there to be aware of when visiting the beach. We want people to have a good time and enjoy themselves but also to act sensibly.”
“For instance, every year people jump off harbour walls and piers – however due to submerged hazards and a potential lack of water, there is a risk of permanent disability or even death. In the past people have ended up in wheelchairs for life just because of a moment’s lapse.”
“We also ask parents to watch over their children and ensure they don’t wander off.”
Its simple advice, but its the basics that can be most important when your down at the beach. In 2010 the areas Lifeguards assisted over 100 people, with the rest of Norfolks coast having over 400 incidents responded to.
Gorleston is a great example of a community that takes care of its beaches and its visitors. Already this year the RNLI has held Lifeguard experience days teaching kids safety and letting them have a go at being a lifeguard (in practice scenarios!).
Come down to Gorleston this summer for a brilliant day out. At least you know the RNLI have your back!