Lifeguards Update, 1 September 2014
Monday 1 September 2014
Author: Daniel Cooper
The penultimate week for the RNLI lifeguards patrolling the beaches across East Lindsey has been the quietest yet, with the team dealing with just 10 minor first aids, six missing and found people, and one rescue.
Searches for missing and found people are a regular occurrence for RNLI lifeguards. Most commonly, it is children who are reported ‘missing’, or present themselves to the lifeguards as ‘found’.
The 10 searches this week all involved children, and all were reunited within 15 minutes. We urge families visiting the beach to make the lifeguard station a meeting point, meaning if your child gets lost they know a safe area to go.
The one rescue of the week happened at Ingoldmells beach. A family of three were rescued by senior lifeguard Gary Fox after drifting offshore in an inflatable. Gary used a rescue board to paddle out to the family, before towing them ashore and providing safety advice.
The use of inflatables in the sea is not recommended. Winds and tides can present hidden dangers which put lives at risk.
As the lifeguards begin to wind down for the season, the RNLI are looking for potential recruits to patrol the beaches in 2015. The requirements to join the team are:
• To have a recognised beach lifeguard qualification
• Be able to swim 400m in 7 minutes 30 seconds
• Be able to swim 25m underwater, followed by a 25m surface swim in 50 seconds
• Be able to run 200m in 40 seconds
To register your interest in joining the team, or for questions about gaining a beach lifeguard qualification, email lifeguard supervisor Daniel Cooper: 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.