No lifeguard cover at Roker

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I read with considerable interest the recent report on the drowning of Liam Hall at Roker in August 2016 as I was on the promenade when the rescue services were looking for him in Roker Harbour.

The remarks after the inquest by the leader of the City Council, Coun Paul Watson, that this beach is patrolled by life guards through the season is not true.

There has not been any lifeguard cover on the beach since at least 2015 and there are signs next to the slipway by the newly opened toilets that there is no cover with warnings for the public, and recently there has been a sign erected on the beach by the slipway repeating this warning.

The city council should now take steps to have the beach patrolled as it is very busy on a fine day with many food outlets and a new toilet block in the area. At full tide, families visiting the beach will not be aware of the very distinct shelf that can cause horrendous problems for both children and even adults.

I am aware that austerity cuts are often the reason for cutbacks but safety on our beaches is of prime importance .

Michael Gordon,

North Haven