Lifeguards Update, 29 July 2014

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Author: Daniel Cooper

Lifeguards Update, 29 July 2014

The first week of school holidays has proven busy for the RNLI Lifeguards patrolling the beaches across East Lindsey. 

From 20 - 27 July the lifeguards dealt with 18 minor first aids, two major first aids, 31 missing and found people and three rescues across Skegness, Ingoldmells, Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe.

Skegness has proven the busiest beach of the week, claiming over half of the incidents. 

Sunday 20 July saw a potential life saved by lifeguard David Groves. Whilst on patrol, he responded to a young girl in difficulty in-between the red and yellow flags. He used a rescue board to paddle out to her and retrieve her back to the shoreline, where fellow lifeguards gave first aid and sea safety advice to the girl and her family.

Later in the week, the lifeguard team at Skegness worked closely with other rescue agencies to successfully locate a missing seven-year-old. The lifeguards on the beach completed a hasty search of the area before calling for assistance from Skegness coastguard and the inshore lifeboat. Once in the water, the teams worked together to find and reunite the boy with his family. This was just one of five missing people the lifeguards were tasked to search for throughout the day.

Ingoldmells beach has also kept the lifeguards busy. Sunday saw Senior Lifeguard Courtney Fear rescue a child who was being swept onto the rocks at the south end of the beach. 

A similar rescue took place later in the week by Senior Lifeguard Richard Pennock, who assisted two young males safely back to the beach. On Monday 21 July, lifeguard James Dwyer responded to a male suffering an asthma attack. He used his casualty care skills to administer oxygen and an inhaler to help the man recover.

With the dry weather set to continue, we would like to remind all swimmers to swim between the red and yellow flags, and if you see someone in difficulty inform a lifeguard or call 999.

Lifeguard Supervisor Daniel Cooper testing the casualty care skills of David Groves and Richard Pennock at Sutton-on-Sea.

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