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RNLI lifeguard helps an elderly man and his grandson at Redcar beach

Lifeguards News Release

A Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguard helped an elderly man and his grandson who had got caught out by the tide yesterday (Monday 22 August) at Redcar beach.

RNLI lifeguard Josh Kidd received a call from the Coastguard at around 3.10pm alerting him to the incident.

The man and his grandson were being cut off by the tide on rocks at West Scar some distance from the charity’s red and yellow safety swim zone.

Josh immediately waded out to the pair and guided the boy back to the shore using his rescue tube (a long flexible yellow tube that people can grab onto). His grandfather was thankfully able to follow by wading through the water.

Once back on the beach Josh ensured that both casualties were injury free and offered them some friendly safety advice.

Acting RNLI Lifeguard Manager, Dave Brant said: ‘The man and his grandson were sitting down on the rocks for a rest and were simply caught out by the tide. Our lifeguard’s quick reaction ensured that they were rescued before the situation could escalate.

‘The incident happened outside of our charity’s water safety swimming zone and we must extend our thanks to Redcar Coast Watch who initially alerted the Coastguard to the casualties.’

Dave added: ‘We would always urge people to swim between the red and yellow flags and to come and ask our lifeguards for information about tide times and weather conditions. We are there to ensure that people have a safe and enjoyable visit to the coast.’

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The photograph shows an RNLI lifeguard at Redcar beach. Credit: RNLI/Clare Hopps.

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