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RNLI lifeguard Annie Jagoe on the 200 Voices podcast
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‘He was told he would never walk again’

Episode 29 - Road to Recovery: Annie Jagoe

After Portrush lifeguard Annie Jagoe helped rescue a man with spinal injuries, he was told he would never walk again. But 1 year on, the story took a twist.

When Portrush lifeguard Annie Jagoe heard the words: ‘Unconscious body in the water’ over her VHF radio, she scanned Benone Beach. Hearing that the casualty couldn’t move, Annie grabbed her spinal board. Matthew, the surfer that Annie and her fellow lifeguards aided that day, was told that he’d never walk again. Yet, on the anniversary of the accident 1 year later, Mathew made a return to the water. And Annie was at his side.

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