Lifeguards return to our beaches

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RNLI lifeguards commenced full-time summer patrols on ten beaches in Northern Ireland at the weekend.

Following weeks of intensive training in preparation for the new season, the lifeguards will be keeping visitors safe on seven beaches along the Causeway Coast and three in County Down.

The local beaches include Benone, Downhill, Castlerock, Portstewart Strand, Portrush West, Portrush East and the Whiterocks.

Earlier this month, on Sunday, June 14, lifeguards on Portstewart Strand dealt with their first major first aid incident of the summer, after a boy slipped on rocks and hit his head.

Thankfully, the boy was okay, after being treated by the lifeguards.

The RNLI will take up full time daily duty on all 10 beaches until Sunday 6 September, when weekend duty will then resume on selected beaches throughout September.

Lifeguards will be on the beach daily between 11am and 7pm on the Causeway Coast.

Ahead of the new season, the RNLI has reminded visitors to the beach to ask the lifeguards for safety advice, and to call on a lifeguard if they see anyone in difficulty.