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Lifeguards return as hundreds of visitors flock to beach

PUBLISHED: 15:46 31 May 2020 | UPDATED: 15:54 31 May 2020

Ted Morgan, one of the RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Ted Morgan, one of the RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Lifeguards have made a welcome return to one north Norfolk beach as hundreds of people have been flocking to the coast.

Ted Morgan, one of the RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTed Morgan, one of the RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sea Palling was the first Norfolk beach to see the return of RNLI lifeguards on Saturday, May 30.

And thanks to clear blue skies and temperatures of up to 21 degrees, many people headed there to sunbathe and take to the water between the lifeguards’ yellow and red safety flags.

But although there has been a slight easing of lockdown measures, the RNLI has reminded people to take care and stay socially distant from others.

Darren Lewis, RNLI lifesaving manager, said: “Our lifeguards have a vital role in making sure visitors to the beach are aware of their surroundings, the potential dangers at the beach and providing a lifesaving rescue service should anyone get into trouble.”

Ted Morgan, left, and Jack Goodspeed, RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTed Morgan, left, and Jack Goodspeed, RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Other beaches including Brancaster were also busy, with

A Coastguard spokesman said while visitors were generally trying to maintain social distancing, access points were congested, which made staying more than 2 metres apart from others difficult.

And the weather continued to be glorious on Sunday (May 31) with clear skies and temperatures reaching 22 degrees in Norwich, 19 degrees in Great Yarmouth, 24 degrees in Hunstanton and 18 degrees in Cromer.

Nationally, the Coastguard was called to more than 160 incidents on Saturday, including the rescue of a group of five people including a child on the Morston Salt Marshes.

Ted Morgan, left, and Jack Goodspeed, RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTed Morgan, left, and Jack Goodspeed, RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Coastguard urged visitors to coastal areas not to take risks.

A spokesman said: “Many people have flocked to coastal hotspots, beaches and the sea throughout the UK to enjoy glorious weather but not everyone is following our safety messages and some people are taking unnecessary and dangerous risks, which has led to a high number of serious incidents.

“Extra care and personal responsibility needs to be taken at all times as not only do your choices put you, your friends and family at risk but also our frontline responders and emergency service partners who are working round-the-clock to keep you safe.

“Please pay attention, make sensible decisions and keep yourself safe by adhering to the government’s coronavirus guidance.”

Ted Morgan, right, and Jack Goodspeed, RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTed Morgan, right, and Jack Goodspeed, RNLI lifeguards back on duty at Sea Palling beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Tide times can be checked online here: www.tideschart.com/United-Kingdom/England/Norfolk/Brancaster-Beach

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The scene at Brancaster beach on Saturday, May 30. Picture: Wells and Cley Coastguard and search and rescue teamThe scene at Brancaster beach on Saturday, May 30. Picture: Wells and Cley Coastguard and search and rescue team

The car park at Brancaster beach on Saturday, May 30. Picture: Wells and Cley Coastguard and search and rescue teamThe car park at Brancaster beach on Saturday, May 30. Picture: Wells and Cley Coastguard and search and rescue team

The scene at Brancaster beach on Saturday, May 30. Picture: Wells and Cley Coastguard and search and rescue teamThe scene at Brancaster beach on Saturday, May 30. Picture: Wells and Cley Coastguard and search and rescue team

A few people were enjoying Sheringham beach and Promenade as lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted. Picture: Stuart AndersonA few people were enjoying Sheringham beach and Promenade as lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted. Picture: Stuart Anderson

A few people were enjoying Sheringham beach and Promenade as lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted. Picture: Stuart AndersonA few people were enjoying Sheringham beach and Promenade as lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted. Picture: Stuart Anderson


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