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RNLI clinches five-year deal to protect Sheppey’s beaches in Leysdown, Minister Leas and Sheerness

PUBLISHED: 11:18 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:18 20 March 2017

Lifeguards will patrol Sheppey's beaches

Lifeguards will patrol Sheppey's beaches

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) secure fresh deal with Swale Borough Council

Swale Borough Council has clinched a new five-year deal with the RNLI to provide lifeguards along Sheppey’s beaches.

The council’s cabinet has agreed to the contract, with an option of a two year extension.

The RNLI have been operating a beach lifeguard service for the council since 2012.

The beach lifeguard service sees RNLI lifeguards patrolling Leysdown, Minster Leas and Sheerness beaches. The service operates from the first weekend in May until the beginning of September on weekends during term time, and for seven days a week during school holidays.

David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, said: “Thousands of people enjoy our beaches every year, and we want to make sure they do so safely.

“The RNLI have been providing a reassuring and essential service for the last four years, reacting to incidents and intervening when they see someone might be about to get into trouble.”

An RNLI spokesman said: “They will help save lives at sea and advise people on staying safe in, on and near the water. In 2016, RNLI lifeguards on some 240-plus beaches, dealt with 17,414 incidents and saved 127 lives, proving that they make a real difference.

“Through its beach lifeguards and lifeboat service, the RNLI charity provides a ring of safety around the UK and Ireland. But it can only do this thanks to the generosity of people who donate and support the RNLI.”

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