Keeping bathers safe on South Tyneside

If you were a lifeguard in South Shields, what was the most dramatic sea rescue you were involved in? Please tell us about your life-saving heroics, wed love to hear from you.
If you were a lifeguard in South Shields, what was the most dramatic sea rescue you were involved in? Please tell us about your life-saving heroics, wed love to hear from you.
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Today we feature some of the volunteer lifeguards who have been helping to keep bathers safe while they enjoyed themselves at the seaside in South Shields over the years.

They can be seen taking part in a national life-saving competition back in August 1970 and a sponsored event at the Derby Street Baths in July 1971.

Members of South Shields Volunteer Lifeguard Club try their new rescue craft which was launched at the South Foreshore on  July 1969.

Members of South Shields Volunteer Lifeguard Club try their new rescue craft which was launched at the South Foreshore on July 1969.

In the past, when the weather warmed up,the beaches along our coastline were thronged with sunseekers and people looking to cool off in the sea.

So the members of South Shields Volunteer Lifeguard Club would have been busy keeping an eye-out for anyone in distress.

How many people do you recognise in the photos? Were you a member of the club?

Please get in touch with your recollections from the past.

It's  August 1970 and a competing lifeguard carries ashore his 'victim' during one of the events at the national lifeguard championships.

It's August 1970 and a competing lifeguard carries ashore his 'victim' during one of the events at the national lifeguard championships.