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Lifeguards issue safety advice ahead of Sunderland Airshow

Last year's Sunderland Airshow.
Last year's Sunderland Airshow.

Lifeguards are calling on people attending this year's Sunderland Airshow to stay safe should they choose to take a dip in the sea.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to spend this weekend on the seafront for the 30th anniversary of the event.

To make sure visitors understand how to stay safe at the beach, RNLI lifeguards will be stationed on Seaburn, Cat and Dogs, and Roker beaches from 10am to 6pm on each day of the Airshow.

Every lifeguard has completed a period of extensive training to make sure that they have the vital lifesaving skills to deal with everything from locating missing children through to performing major first-aid and rescues at sea.

Nick Ayers, RNLI Community Safety Partner, said: "The Sunderland beaches are the perfect spot to view all of the activity in the air.

"With such a large number of people expected, it’s vital that everyone is aware of how to stay safe when enjoying time near the water and our lifeguards will be there to offer friendly safety advice.’

For people who do choose to swim in the sea, the RNLI has issued the following advice so that they stay close to the shoreline and be aware of the following safety advice this weekend:

· Only swim when lifeguards are on patrol

· Swim between the red and yellow flags

· Avoid using inflatables in the sea

· Stay within in your depth

· Supervise family and friends at all times

· Report any missing persons as soon as possible

· In an emergency, call 999 and ask for Coastguard