RNLI lifeguards rescue a boy from a rip current at Ingoldmells beach

Lifeguards News Release

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards rescued a boy from a rip current yesterday (Tuesday 22 August) at Ingoldmells beach.

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RNLI lifeguard Tom Harrop

At around 4.45pm RNLI lifeguards Tom Harrop and Tom Roberts spotted two people struggling in the water outside the red and yellow flags (the area in which it is safe to swim).

The charity’s lifeguards immediately sprang into action and swam into the sea with their rescue tubes (long flexible yellow tubes that people can grab onto). They found that one of the swimmers had managed to get to safety but the second remained trapped in the rip current.

As the swimmer was unable to break free, Tom Harrop wrapped his rescue tube around him and pulled him away from the force of the current.

The lifeguards then carried the boy to back the beach and performed a casualty care check. As he had swallowed a considerable amount of water, he was taken to hospital for a further check-up.

RNLI Lifeguard Tom Harrop, said: ‘The boy was in real trouble as he was unable to get free of the rip current and was rapidly becoming exhausted. Our swift intervention meant that we were able to prevent the situation from escalating into something far more serious. We’re really happy that we were there to help and we wish the boy a speedy recovery.

‘Our charity’s lifeguards always advise people to respect the water and to swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags. 95% of our role is preventative and we would urge visitors to come and chat to us if they have any questions about how to stay safe at the seaside.’

For more information and safety tips, please visit: www.RNLI.org/RespectTheWater

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The photographs show RNLI lifeguards Tom Harrop and Tom Roberts. Credit: RNLI.

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RNLI lifeguard Tom Roberts

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