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RNLI lifeguards help a ninety-four-year-old man at Seaburn beach

Lifeguards News Release

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards helped a ninety-four-year-old man who was suffering a medical emergency at Seaburn beach yesterday (Thursday 18 August).

A member of the public approached the charity’s lifeguards just after 10.40am to let them know that a pensioner was drifting in and out of consciousness on a bench on the promenade.

RNLI lifeguards Andrew Brown, Aaron Curle and Patryk Leszczewski rushed to the scene with their medical trauma bag. They found that the casualty had regained consciousness but was now suffering from severe pains in his side.

After the elderly man was sick the lifeguards monitored his airway to ensure that it was clear and administered oxygen. They then wrapped him in a blanket and kept asking questions to keep him alert.

Fellow RNLI lifeguard Piotr Glowacki guided an ambulance to the scene while his colleague Joe Wilson helped to maintain lifeguard cover on the beach.

Paramedics placed the man into the ambulance and he was taken to hospital for further treatment.

Tony Marsh and Melissa Robb coordinated radio communications during the incident from the RNLI Local Operations Centre (LOC).

Senior RNLI Lifeguard, Alex Richardson, said: ‘The lifeguards demonstrated exemplary team work yesterday and performed vital emergency treatment on the elderly man.

‘Our charity’s lifeguards receive comprehensive first aid training as part of the role and it is this essential training that can really make a difference in situations like this.

‘The team wishes the gentleman a quick recovery and we’re pleased that we were able to help him during such a traumatic time.’

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The photograph shows RNLI lifeguards (from left to right) Piotr Glowacki, Alex Richardson, Aaron Curle, Andy Brown, Joe Wilson and Patryk Leszczewski. Credit: RNLI.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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