Lifeguards begin beach patrols

RNLI Lifeguard'Some of the RNLI Lifeguards who have started their patrols on Scarborough beaches this weekend.From left Tim Machon,Phil Dorman and Richard Mather who are part of the team on South Bay..'Picture by Neil Silk  112179'29/05/11

RNLI Lifeguard'Some of the RNLI Lifeguards who have started their patrols on Scarborough beaches this weekend.From left Tim Machon,Phil Dorman and Richard Mather who are part of the team on South Bay..'Picture by Neil Silk 112179'29/05/11

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LIFEGUARDS began their patrols on Scarborough’s beaches over the weekend.

They will remain on duty until September, covering what is traditionally the town’s busiest time of year.

Cllr Janet Jefferson said yesterday: “I’ve been down to see the lifeguards and it seemed to be working very well.

“We welcome them and they’re a really valuable asset.

“They are a prominent and eye-catching feature. Young people and families need to know there’s someone there.”

The seven-day-a-week lifeguard service is partially funded by Scarborough Council, which used to run the service and now pays the lifeguards’ wages.

The RNLI provides all training costs and equipment through charitable donations, which equate to £1,000 per lifeguard, per season.

Lifeguards are equipped with rescue tubes designed to aid flotation and rescue boards for lifeguards to bring people back to shore.

The RNLI recently submitted a planning application to build a temporary Beach Lifeguard Unit on the slipway in the South Bay.

The plans were supported by the council, although objections were received from the town’s Civic Society on the grounds of location and aesthetics.

The council’s planning committee asked for more information on the proposal last week.

The daily beach cleaning service also began yesterday.