LIFEGUARDS are set to return to Wearside beaches in a bid to boost safety.
The trained RNLI lifesavers will be keeping a watchful eye over Roker and Seaburn beaches from this weekend.
RNLI Lifeguard manager Carl Harris said the team have been honing their lifesaving skills for the past month, and are now looking forward to the launch of their summer service.
“We’re delighted to be starting our patrols again this weekend,” he told the Echo.
“The lifeguards have undergone a period of comprehensive training and passed rigorous fitness tests to ensure that everyone is in top condition and physically ready for the seasonal service.”
However, Carl said 95 per cent of the lifeguards’ role is preventative and to offer safety advice.
“Our lifeguards are there to provide a reassuring presence on the beach and to offer extra peace of mind to visitors, enabling them to have a safe and enjoyable experience at the seaside,” he said.
The RNLI runs the service in partnership with local authorities, including Sunderland City Council.
Carrying out daily patrols between 10am and 6pm, the lifeguards will remain on Wearside’s beaches until September 8.
Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland Council’s cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, said it was important that visitors to the beaches over the summer were able to enjoy them in a safe way.
He added: “Here in Sunderland, with one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the country, we have a long tradition of working with the RNLI.”