RNLI takes charge of lifeguards on Southsea seafront

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THE RNLI is now in charge of safety at Southsea seafront.

It comes as the service signed a new contract with Portsmouth City Council.

New safety stations will be placed at 150m intervals, from Eastney to Clarence Pier, and manned by RNLI members.

The contract runs in the summer for three years.

Cllr Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport said: ‘It’s great to see the new RNLI lifeguards, stations, flags and vehicles all the way along the beach making sure residents and visitors alike can enjoy the beach, and the sea, in safety.

‘This is an excellent partnership between Portsmouth City Council and the RNLI extending lifeguard coverage from Eastney to Clarence Pier and the RNLI lifeguards will be back next season too.

Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards are there all year round.

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