Lifeguards Update, 11 August 2014

Monday 11 August 2014

Author: Daniel Cooper

Lifeguards Update, 11 August 2014

The RNLI lifeguards across East Lindsey have responded to a wide variety of incidents this week (4 – 10 August).

The week saw the lifeguards respond to a total of 40 incidents, including 5 rescues and assists, 6 missing persons, and 1 major first aid.

A storm on Saturday caused the lifeguards to raise the red flags for the first time this season. At 13:00 Skegness beach was ‘closed’ to swimmers for safety reasons. Just 40 minutes later, after the passing of the storm the swimming area was re-opened, with around 500 people enjoying the water in the afternoon.

Later in the week Senior Lifeguard Gary Fox responded to 2 drowning children outside of the patrolled area at Skegness. He secured the children using a rescue tube, before swimming them back to shore and reuniting them with their family. Lifeguards realised the children required no first aid treatment, but gave safety advice to the family.

Thursday 7 August was the busiest day for the lifeguards. In the morning, the team worked alongside the RNLI lifeboat crew to clear the beach for an immediate launch to a ‘missing swimmer’ 2 miles north of Skegness beach. Both the D class (relief lifeboat Norma and Bill Burleigh) and the Lincolnshire Poacher (Mersey class) searched, alongside coastguard units and two RAF helicopters. 

Fortunately, after an extended search the swimmer was found safe and well back on the beach.

Whilst this search was winding down, lifeguards and coastguards responded to a male who had been pulled unconscious from the boating lake behind the beach by a member of the public. The lifeguard team identified that the man was breathing, and just seconds later ambulance crew arrived to take over his care.

The safest course of action if you see someone in trouble in the water is to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, or to alert lifeguards if they are nearby, but we want to thank the brave member of the public who put himself at potential risk by entering the water and probably saving the casualty’s life on this occasion.

The tail end of ex-hurricane Bertha created high winds and heavy rain over the weekend, which caused damage to the lifeguard units. The most notable damage was at Ingoldmells, where the flag pole snapped.

Photo: Ingoldmells lifeguard hut's broken flag pole. (Credit: James Dwyer)

If you plan on visiting the beach, always remember to swim between the red and yellow flags. Lifeguards will be patrolling between 10am and 6pm at Skegness, Ingoldmells, Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe until Sunday 7 September.

If you see someone in difficulty, inform a lifeguard, or dial 999.

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