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Lifeguards with Cllr Kim Forward

RNLI lifeguards with deputy leader of the council,Cllr Kim Forward

RNLI partnership with HBC

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who provide the ‘gold standard’ of lifesaving at sea, has been appointed by Hastings Borough Council to operate the Hastings beach lifeguard service for three years – to 2020 – after a successful pilot last year.

During 2017, RNLI lifeguards attended 88 different incidents in Hastings, of these, seven required serious medical interventions.

The ‘gold standard’ of lifeguarding provided by the RNLI includes management, training, equipment and accommodation. The operation has been extended across St. Leonards and, in a separate contract with Rother District Council, includes Bexhill and Camber beaches. The agreement includes increased lifeguard provision, longer hours and higher pay for the lifeguards.

Lead councillor for tourism, Councillor Kim Forward said: “We have had all three lifeguard stations – Pelham, Hastings pier, St Leonards – operational since 26 May, an improvement on last year when only Pelham started at the end of May. Not only are we are delighted to be working in partnership with the RNLI, but we are particularly pleased to be able to offer an enhanced service to our community and our visitors, who can use our beautiful beaches safely. We have already had a lot of positive feedback.”



Posted 23:15 Monday, Jun 4, 2018 In: Home Ground

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