RNLI lifeguards prepare return to service on Lincolnshire’s beaches this weekend as a new study reveals around 30 million people plan to visit the UK coast this summer.
Lifeguards will provide a full-time lifesaving service at Skegness and Mablethorpe from this Saturday, May 29, with Ingoldmells and Sutton-on-Sea on service in time for the school summer holidays. In a survey, commissioned by the RNLI, 75% of those questioned aged 16-64 expect to visit a UK beach or the coast between April and September, with around half of that number likely to do so three or more times. 36% also said they plan to visit the coast more than usual this year.
Last summer, RNLI lifeguards recorded more than 15 million visitors on the beaches the lifesaving charity was patrolling on. But with continued uncertainty over foreign holidays and international travel, the charity is predicting this summer will be the busiest ever, as Covid restrictions are eased and people choose to ‘staycation’.
Councillor Steve Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, said: “The RNLI provide an invaluable service to help keep our beaches safe and ensure that our local residents and visitors also feel safe when visiting our coastal lines. We look forward to receiving visitors in the coming months and want everyone to enjoy themselves safely. We urge visitors to be mindful of any Government guidance in place at such time of visiting and as always beware of the sea, play safely and enjoy your visit.”