The Royal National Lifeboat Institute has issued a key safety update for Lincolnshire beachgoers as the summer season begins to wind down. The lifeguards keep beaches like Skegness safe during the summer, while they’re at their busiest.
They are often tasked with carrying out daring rescues of both people and pets, earning them tremendous respect from the public. After a damper-than-usual summer, a spokesperson for the institute (RNLI) has confirmed that the season has ended and its lifeguards are no longer manning the beaches.
They said on Sunday, September 10: “Please remember lifeguard patrols have finished for 2023 so there will be no one supervising the water in Lincolnshire. If you are planning on enjoying this sunshine at the coast, we advise you to check your nearest local lifeguarded beach if you’re planning on going for a swim.”
One beachgoer responded on social media, saying that it was ‘scary’ beaches stopped being patrolled by the RNLI so ‘early’. She said: “It’s not uncommon to have nice weekends in September and all too easy for people to get into difficulty on a nice weekend.”
However, the spokesperson for the RNLI said the dates are decided at the start of each year and are based on statistics surrounding beach visitor numbers and the number of incidents. They added: “Lifeguards are employed between set dates and make other commitments outside of the season based on this.
“The majority are students or have other jobs through the winter.” As the RNLI is a charity that relies on donations, that also makes it difficult to patrol the beaches during ‘historically quiet’ periods.
The spokesperson added: “This heat wave wasn’t the norm. However, the season dates are reviewed annually.”
The beaches will not be completely unsupervised throughout the colder months. The spokesperson confirmed that Skegness and Mablethorpe volunteer lifeboats will still be on duty as a ‘last resort’.