We are delighted to announce that an agreement has been signed today for Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) to provide beach safety and search and rescue support to Her Majesty’s Coastguard around the coastline of the UK as part of a new arrangement.
This partnership will see our specially trained SLSGB club volunteers assisting in responding to distress calls and incidents at the coast under the direction and at the request of HM Coastguard’s Operations Centres.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and this past summer which has seen high numbers of visitors to the UK coastline, SLSGB and HM Coastguard have worked closely together to coordinate voluntary beach and inshore coastal patrols as well as lifeguard units to busy beaches – which has supported Coastguard Rescue Teams and the RNLI, as well as other local authorities and emergency services.
SLSGB Chairman, Pete Lawrence said: “This is a fantastic outcome for our Club Volunteer Lifesavers and recognises the high standards of our governance and training and the dedication and skill of our volunteers. SLSGB will provide a competent and effective beach lifeguarding service monitoring coastal activities and will stand ready to help and support HM Coastguard wherever necessary.”
Claire Hughes, Director of HM Coastguard, said: “Our work is about saving lives and keeping people safe when they are at the coast and the sea. As part of that we work with other organisations such as Surf Life Saving GB so that when someone does get into trouble at the coast, we can call upon a range of people and resources to work with us as part of the response. This signing is about formalising that partnership.”
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