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Quick thinking RNLI lifeguard rescues woman on Sandbanks beach

Lifeguards News Release

An RNLI beach lifeguard leapt into action when he spotted a woman in distress clinging to a metal post in the water

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Lifeguard Ian Campbell Reid at Shore Road Sandbanks

Ian Campbell Reid, who is a casual lifeguard and full time firefighter, was looking through his binoculars when he saw the lady three rock groynes west of the lifeguard patrol.

Ian immediately ran towards her and carried out a risk assessment of the situation. He was able to enter the water and use a rescue tube to bring the casualty to shore.

By this point fellow RNLI lifeguard Matias Casabal was waiting for them on the shoreline with a responder bag in case the casualty required immediate first aid. The casualty had sustained cuts to the back of her legs from the sharp rocks and so was brought back to the lifeguard tower to rest and recover.

Lara Bruce, Lifeguard Supervisor, said:

"This was a great response from Ian, he did exactly what all our lifeguards are trained to do. He remained calm and took quick decisive action to get the casualty out of the water.

“This area close to Poole harbour has strong tidal movement and so we would advise to choose a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flags, which have been marked based on where is safer to swim in the current conditions. This also helps you to be spotted more easily, should you get into difficulty.”

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Lifeguard Ian Campbell Reid at Shore Road Sandbanks

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Lifeguard Ian Campbell Reid

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Lifeguard Ian Campbell Reid at Shore Road Sandbanks

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