Bespoke-RNLI-lifeguard-hut-for-Southwold-beach-in-memory-of-lifeguards-father

Byline: Donations left in memory of the father of one of Suffolk’s local RNLI lifeguards have been used to help build and equip a bespoke working lifeguard station on Southwold South beach, ready for the lifeguard season.
Page Content: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea, was chosen as one of two charities by Gary James French, the father of 19 year old RNLI lifeguard Owen French, to receive donations in order to run its services.

A custom-made beach lifeguard unit has since been built to support the work of his son and his fellow lifesavers, and will be a safe haven for casualties on Southwold South beach this summer.

Helen French, the mother of lifeguard Owen French, said: ‘Gary was incredibly proud of all of his son’s achievements, especially being part of the RNLI lifeguard team, helping to keep the public safe. Owen was very pleased and proud to open the new hut and work from it on the day of its official launch.’

The lifeguard unit is fully equipped with all the necessary lifesaving kit found in the standard units, such as defibrillators, spinal boards and responder bags. The station has been designed to fit in with the iconic beach huts which line the seaside along Southwold beach. 

The RNLI work in partnership with Waveney District Council via Sentinel Leisure Trust to provide lifeguards on the beaches at Southwold and Lowestoft. Following an increase in beach usage at Southwold, the need for a new lifeguard station was identified and under the partnership agreement, the RNLI invested in the new station and also provided increased lifeguard cover for the summer season.

Councillor Stephen Ardley, Waveney District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Partnerships said: ‘We are delighted to welcome the RNLI lifeguard service to Southwold beach – the lifeguard presence will give confidence to all our residents and visitors, and the new hut makes a great addition to the seafront.’

RNLI lifeguards began their full time summer patrols of Suffolk beaches* on Saturday 4th July, and will be running their services from 10am to 6pm every day until 6th September. Last year, lifeguards in Suffolk attended 109 incidents, rescued five people and saved one life.

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Notes to editors
Suffolk beaches include – Lowestoft, Southwold and Southwold South.

RNLI media contacts:
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

      

Byline: Donations left in memory of the father of one of Suffolk’s local RNLI lifeguards have been used to help build and equip a bespoke working lifeguard station on Southwold South beach, ready for the lifeguard season.
Page Content: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea, was chosen as one of two charities by Gary James French, the father of 19 year old RNLI lifeguard Owen French, to receive donations in order to run its services.

A custom-made beach lifeguard unit has since been built to support the work of his son and his fellow lifesavers, and will be a safe haven for casualties on Southwold South beach this summer.

Helen French, the mother of lifeguard Owen French, said: ‘Gary was incredibly proud of all of his son's achievements, especially being part of the RNLI lifeguard team, helping to keep the public safe. Owen was very pleased and proud to open the new hut and work from it on the day of its official launch.’

The lifeguard unit is fully equipped with all the necessary lifesaving kit found in the standard units, such as defibrillators, spinal boards and responder bags. The station has been designed to fit in with the iconic beach huts which line the seaside along Southwold beach. 

The RNLI work in partnership with Waveney District Council via Sentinel Leisure Trust to provide lifeguards on the beaches at Southwold and Lowestoft. Following an increase in beach usage at Southwold, the need for a new lifeguard station was identified and under the partnership agreement, the RNLI invested in the new station and also provided increased lifeguard cover for the summer season.

Councillor Stephen Ardley, Waveney District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Partnerships said: ‘We are delighted to welcome the RNLI lifeguard service to Southwold beach – the lifeguard presence will give confidence to all our residents and visitors, and the new hut makes a great addition to the seafront.’


RNLI lifeguards began their full time summer patrols of Suffolk beaches* on Saturday 4th July, and will be running their services from 10am to 6pm every day until 6th September. Last year, lifeguards in Suffolk attended 109 incidents, rescued five people and saved one life.

ENDS

Notes to editors
Suffolk beaches include – Lowestoft, Southwold and Southwold South.

RNLI media contacts:
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789