TEAMS of lifeguards took up their posts on Brighton and Hove’s beaches this weekend – kicking off the summer season.

The 23 new recruits joined the council’s seafront team, to help ensure millions of visitors enjoy a safe and happy time on the beach this summer.

The new lifeguards will patrol from the Marina to Hove Lagoon.

During the summer holidays, from July 20, lifeguards will be patrolling the beaches at Saltdean, Rottingdean, Ovingdean and further into Hove.

Last summer they carried out 86 water rescues, saved 24 lives and administered first aid to 238 beachgoers.

They also helped find 226 missing people, tackled 117 incidents of anti-social behaviour, and handled 127 wildlife incidents, as well as dealing with 24 mental health incidents.

The lifeguards will be on duty ever day from 10am to 7pm.