RNLI lifeboat and lifeguards in Weymouth help kayaker in distress
Just four days into the summer service at Weymouth, RNLI lifeguards were called by Weymouth lifeboat to notify them of a kayaker who needed help near Bowleze Cove yesterday (3 May) knowing the lifeguards could get to the casualty quicker .
Alice Higgins, lifeguard supervisor at Weymouth gave the lifeguards at the beach the nod to launch their boat to go out and help the kayaker. When the lifeguards arrived on scene a local paddleboarder had already helped the kayaker back to shore.
The lifeguards, Barney and Luke, retrieved the kayak and ensured that no one else was in trouble, shortly after the inshore lifeboat from Weymouth arrived on scene and helped treat the casualty.
Alice Higgins, Lifeguard Supervisor for Weymouth said: ‘Saving lives at Sea is what the RNLI prides itself on and this is a great example of two parts of the RNLI working together with the public to ensure the safe return to the shore for the kayaker and their kayak.
With the long awaited warmer weather expected around the UK this weekend, the RNLI would advise anyone wanting to make the most of it with a trip to the coast to go to a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.
Alice continued: ‘ The sea can be dangerously unpredictable so we always mark out the safest swimming area with red and yellow flags, and the lifeguards keep an extra close eye on this area of water. Remember the sea is still pretty cold at this time of year too. Even if you have no plans to take a dip in the sea, come and have a chat with us and we’ll help you have the safest day at the beach possible.’
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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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