Lifeguards Update, 19 August 2014

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Author: Daniel Cooper

Lifeguards Update, 19 August 2014

The quietest week of the school holidays has still kept the RNLI Lifeguards patrolling the beaches across East Lindsey busy. 

From 11 – 17 August the Lifeguards dealt with 21 minor first aids, 1 major first aid, 31 missing & found persons and 1 rescue across Skegness, Ingoldmells, Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe.

A life was potentially saved at Skegness on 14 August. At 10:01, just one minute into the days patrol, the lifeguard team noticed a small child struggling to get back to shore, outside of the flagged area. Senior lifeguard Arun Gray responded and swam out to the child. When Arun arrived, the child was dipping underwater. 

The lifeguard recovered the boy to the beach, and the team then assessed his condition. Fortunately, he didn’t require any medical treatment. The following day, the child kindly returned to the lifeguard unit to drop off a card and gift for his rescuer (photo attached).

The reduced number of visitors to the beach gave the lifeguard team chance to practice and refine their skills. Lifeguard supervisors Daniel Cooper and Rob Jones took the opportunity to hold various scenarios on each beach over the week. These scenarios are designed to test the lifeguards skills in both water and land based rescue.

The attached photo shows senior lifeguard Gary Fox working with lifeguard David Groves to rescue off-duty lifeguard Richard Pennock. Richard paddled out in an inflatable then fell out and simulated the requirement to be rescued. David noticed this immediately, and responded on a rescue board. David then signalled Gary to assist, and together they recovered him to the beach. 

Lifeguard supervisor Rob Jones commented on the scenarios, saying how "the lifeguard team demonstrated great skills on all of the scenarios held across the coast”.

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.

Lifeguards Update, 19 August 2014

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