Lifeguards Update, 16 September 2014
Tuesday 16 September 2014
Author: Daniel Cooper
The RNLI lifeguards patrolling the beaches across East Lindsey have now finished for the 2014 season.
The final week for the lifeguard team proved somewhat un-eventful, with a total of 12 minor first aids and one major first aid.
The major first aid happened at Ingoldmells beach on 3 September. A woman had fallen ill on the promenade and was assisted by passing lifeboat crew member Tony Kelly.
Tony assessed the casualty, and instructed a member of the public to alert the lifeguards.
Once on scene, senior lifeguard Arun Gray worked alongside Tony to treat the casualty. From their assessment, the team recognised the casualty was diabetic, and therefore gave her 2 tubes of ‘Glucogel’.
The fast acting sugary gel appeared to have a positive effect, and by the time she was handed over to the ambulance service her condition had massively improved.
Throughout the season, the lifeguards have faced a substantial number of incidents.
Provisional figures* show the team dealt with 266 incidents across the four East Lindsey beaches. At Skegness and Inogldmells, this compromises of:• 73 minor first aids
• 9 major first aids
• 26 rescues/assists and
• 46 searches for missing and found people.
This high volume of incidents shows the importance of having lifeguards patrolling the beaches throughout the summer. If you are interested in joining the lifeguard team next summer, register your interest with Daniel Cooper.
Applicants must be able to swim 400m in 7 minutes 30 seconds, swim 25m underwater followed by a 25m surface swim in 50 seconds, and a 200m beach run in 200m.
The lifeguards would like to thank the RNLI lifeboat crew, coastguard, ambulance, police, and all other agencies they have worked with over the 2014 season. They would also like to thank members of the public, as without their generous donations the lifeguard service wouldn’t be able to run.
Although the lifeguards have finished, the lifeboat crew remain on call 24/7. If you see someone in difficulty, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
* Official figures will be released by the RNLI later this month.