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RNLI lifeguards rescue over 20 people

Lifeboats News Release

With hot weather and busy beaches in Poole Bay and Christchurch, RNLI lifeguards were able to put their winter training to use with the rescue of over 20 people who found themselves in difficulty throughout the week.

Jumping into the sea from the pier has become particularly appealing during the hot weather with Bournemouth lifeguards advising a number of tombstoners that diving in to the sea is very different from diving into a swimming pool. The sea can be very deceiving, and with the changing tide, water can be much shallower than it looks. Alongside the danger of submerged rocks, jumping from a big height into shallow water can cause serious injury or even paralysis.

RNLI Lifeguards at Sandbanks kicked off the week by launching their jet ski to assist the coastguard in towing a speed boat that had engine failure and was perilously close to drifting into the path of a chain ferry on Saturday, and on Tuesday, our lifeguards boarded a sailing boat with propeller failure and no anchor to reassure the elderly passenger and assist the coastguard with the rescue.

Despite the sunny weather on Wednesday in Boscombe, there was a strong wind creating a sideways current which was pulling a number of swimming children into a rip current that had suddenly appeared. RNLI lifeguards navigated the dangerous currents on their rescue boards and took the children back to shore. 

Poole Bay lifeguards dealt with ten major first aid incidents before handing them over to the ambulance service. These incidents ranged from a lady with chest pains through to a nose injury caused by diving and the hot weather lead to a number of seizures were reported up and down the bay  which RNLI lifeguards assisted with.

An overturned jet ski and a broken down ice-cream boat were just a couple of things Branksome lifeguards were faced with, whilst the lifeguards at Bournemouth conducted a successful search and rescue, liaising with the Coastguard after a distressed wife reported that her husband had gone missing whilst in the water.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor for Poole Bay and Christchurch, Mike Winter said: ‘It’s been an incredibly busy week for RNLI lifeguards in Poole Bay and Christchurch. They have all done a fantastic job assisting the public and offering safety advice as well as rescuing those in trouble.

With the incredibly hot weather set to continue we would always recommend visiting a lifeguarded beach and swimming between the flags to make sure you’re beach trip is as safe as possible. If anyone does find themselves in trouble, just raise your hand and shout for help. Never go in if you spot anyone else in trouble please alert a lifeguard’

Our lifeguards are a friendly bunch and happy to help if you have any questions when visiting a beach.

Lifeguards are on the beaches across Poole Bay and Christchurch everyday until 5 September from 10am – 6pm.


Notes to editors
• Photo credit: RNLI
• RNLI lifeguards are qualified in lifesaving and casualty care

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