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Teenage girl rescued by RNLI lifeguards at Weymouth

Lifeguards News Release

A teenage girl was rescued by RNLI lifeguards after getting into difficulty whilst swimming at Weymouth beach


RNLI lifeguards Emily Nineham and Josh Westlake
The 16-year-old girl was swimming with a friend on Wednesday (23 August) when she became exhausted 400 metres offshore and outside of the red and yellow flagged swimming area. Unable to get back, her friend made it to shore to alert the RNLI Lifeguards.

RNLI lifeguards Emily Nineham (crew) and Josh Westlake (helm) immediately responded with the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) and made their way to the girl who at one point was unable to keep her head above the water.

Once Emily and Josh had brought the girl back to shore they carried out treatment and administered oxygen. By the time paramedics arrived she was more comfortable and slowly recovering, before being taken to hospital for further checks.

With the Bank Holiday weekend coming up the RNLI are reminding visitors to the beach about how to stay safe.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Alice Higgins, said:

“The girl was in real trouble as she was rapidly becoming exhausted. Josh and Emily's response meant that they were able to prevent the situation from escalating into something far more serious.

“We would encourage anyone visiting the coast this summer to visit a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flags, which is the area designated as the safest area for swimming by our professional lifeguard team. We would urge visitors to come and chat to us if they have any questions about how to stay safe at the seaside”


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For more information please contact Oliver Wrynne-Simpson, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 07795127351 or 01202 336789 or by email on

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