Lifeguards return to Jersey beaches

RNLI lifeguard on duty in Jersey Jersey lifeguards responded to nearly 200 incidents in 2012

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A Jersey lifeguard service run by the RNLI will be mostly staffed by locals this season.

Jersey lifesavers make up more than 70% of the 19-strong team due to be patrolling the island's beaches this summer.

Lifeguard supervisor Rob Stuteley said: "They bring a great depth of knowledge to the service."

Guards are on duty at St Ouen's Bay from this weekend and St Brelades, Greve de Lecq and Plemont from 18 May.

The RNLI took over running the service in 2011 and the contract included moves to create job opportunities for islanders.

Lifeguard supervisor Ed Stevens said: "Three local lifeguards have spent winters working on beaches in Australia.

"Seasons working on different beaches with other lifeguard services all go towards enhancing a lifeguard's skills and experience which these three bring back to Jersey."

During 2012 the lifeguards dealt with 197 incidents, helped 260 people and saved two lives.

Mr Stevens said one of the improvements for the 2013 season was the addition of a new lifeguard unit along St Ouen's Bay near the Watersplash.

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