Lifeguards Update, 27 August 2014
Wednesday 27 August 2014
Author: Daniel Cooper
The recent cold weather across the East Coast has seen a drop in visitor numbers to the beach, however the number of incidents the lifeguards have dealt with has remained steady.
From 17-24 August the lifeguards handled 12 minor first aids, 1 major first aid, 1 missing person and 5 rescues.
On Sunday 17 August the lifeguards worked alongside Skegness Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) to evacuate a casualty who was suspected to have overdosed from the beach.
Lifeguard James Dwyer was first to respond, and he started first aid treatment for the lady who was obviously in distress and cold. A local nurse had also stopped to assist the lady. When Skegness ILB arrived the team worked together to transport her to Skegness central beach where an ambulance was waiting.
The following day senior lifeguard Arun Gray rescued 3 swimmers off Skegness central beach. The swimmers were 20m outside the flagged swimming zone, and were struggling due to the rough conditions. Arun entered the water and recovered the first swimmer using a rescue tube. Arun ensured the swimmer was safely back on-shore before re-entering water, backed up by lifeguard Michael Clemments. The lifeguard team worked together to rescue the swimmers, and ensure they needed no further first aid treatment.
Rescues have also taken place at Ingoldmells beach. On 17 August, lifeguard Richard Pennock rescued two adults in an inflatable who had ignored previous warnings about the offshore winds. Richard paddled out on a rescue board and towed the inflatable back to shore.
Join the team next year
The rescues that have taken place over the week, and the season have tested the skills of the lifeguards in many areas. To join the lifeguard team, applicants must have a recognised beach lifeguard qualification. Once this is achieved, the team undertake a 2 week induction period, focusing on many things, such as advanced first aid (casualty care), rescue skills and searches.
If you are interested in joining the team for the 2015 season, there is a lifeguard qualification course running in October. To register your interest, please contact Lifeguard Supervisor Daniel Cooper at Daniel_Cooper@rnli.org.uk.
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.
Photo credit: RNLI/Nathan Williams