RNLI Lifeguards patrolling local beaches

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RNLI lifeguards will begin full-time summer patrol on local beaches this weekend.

Following a busy period 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 beaches include Benone, Downhill, Castlerock, Portstewart Strand, Portrush West, Portrush East, Whiterocks, Tyrella, Murlough and Cranfield.

From Saturday the RNLI will take up full time daily duty on all beaches continuing to Sunday 4 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.

Speaking ahead of the new season, RNLI Lifeguard Manager Mike Grocottsaid: “The RNLI’s advice for anyone planning a trip to the beach is to check weather and tide times before you go and if planning to go into the water, swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags. Avoid using inflatables in strong winds or rough seas. If you can’t see a lifeguard, call 909 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”