RNLI lifeguards in Skegness rescue an unconscious man from the sea

Lifeboats News Release

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards rescued a man who had got into difficulty just after 6pm at Skegness beach on Tuesday (19 July).

The charity’s lifeguards were packing away their equipment following the close of the day’s lifeguarding shift when Acting Senior RNLI Lifeguard Tom Roberts spotted four men jumping off the old pier foundations. He swam over to the group to offer them some safety advice.

Three of the men stopped jumping but a fourth man got into difficulty after he dived in and began to struggle around 100 metres from the pier.

Tom immediately assisted the swimmer. He found that he was unconscious and floating up and down below the water’s surface. Using his rescue tube (a long yellow flexible tube that people can grab onto), he secured the casualty and brought him back to the beach.

RNLI lifeguard Joel Foote, who had been closely monitoring the situation from the lifeguard unit, assisted his colleague with first-aid checks and ensured that the man’s airway was clear. They then administered oxygen before placing him in the recovery position.

Paramedics quickly arrived at the scene and Skegness Coastguard transferred the swimmer on their special stretcher into the awaiting ambulance.

The man was taken to hospital for further treatment.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager, Daniel Cooper, said: ‘The lifeguards had just done an unconscious casualty training exercise the day before and did a brilliant job of putting their life-saving skills into action. It’s testament to their swift actions and the seamless teamwork demonstrated by the paramedics and Skegness Coastguard that the casualty received immediate and professional treatment.

Daniel added: ‘When people jump or dive from a height into the sea they can’t always see hidden dangers below the surface such as rocks and the depth of the water can also be very deceptive. The best advice is always to swim at a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags.’

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The photograph shows an RNLI lifeguard in action. Credit: Nathan Williams.

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