RNLI lifeguards warn Norfolk beach swimmers of 'new dangers'

Storm surge at Cromer Pier, Norfolk Image copyright Andy Davison
Image caption Storm surges lifted sand and shingle from Norfolk's beaches to change the shape of the coastline

Swimmers have been warned to be aware of dangers from new rip currents because the Norfolk coast was altered by tidal surges over the winter.

The warning comes as RNLI lifeguards return to patrolling six of the county's beaches this weekend.

Lifeguard supervisor Sam Kendrick said the storms "may have changed the make-up of the beach, creating rip currents in places you may not expect".

Norfolk's RNLI lifeguards saved eight lives and rescued 54 people in 2013.

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Image caption RNLI lifeguards dealt with 989 incidents on the Norfolk coast in 2013

Patrols will be operating on the beaches at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston until 5 July.

Lifeguards will then also begin patrolling at Wells, East Runton, Sheringham East, Cromer West and Hemsby.

Mr Kendrick said: "I'd encourage people to ask a lifeguard about enjoying the beach safely and to always swim between the red and yellow flags."

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Media captionThe December tidal surge was the biggest in 60 years

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