First big rescue for RNLI lifeguard who helped a 63 year old lady.

Lifeguards News Release

On the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 27 degrees Celsius in Dorset, lifeguards on Lyme Regis beach came to the aid of a 63 year old lady who had fallen ill at 5:30 pm on 18 July.

A member of the public rang an ambulance and alerted the lifeguards to the woman’s condition.

RNLI lifeguard Matthew Southcott who is in his first year of lifeguarding was first on the scene and administered major first aid for the first time to the lady whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

On arrival, the ambulance decided that it was appropriate for an air ambulance to assist. Senior lifeguard Luke King worked with the coastguard team to help the air ambulance land so it could take the casualty to hospital.

Senior Lifeguard Luke King said: ‘For anyone visiting the beach we always recommend choosing a lifeguarded beach and swimming between the red and yellow flags. All of the RNLI lifeguards are trained in casualty care and are happy to offer safety advice if you want to come over and speak to us.’


Notes to editors
• Photo credit: RNLI
• Lifeguards operate on Lyme Regis beach daily from 10am to 6pm between 9 July to 4 September.

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