RNLI lifeguards to paddle over eight miles to raise money for the charity

Lifeguards News Release

Six RNLI lifeguards are paddling from Tregantle beach in Whitsand Bay to Looe harbour to raise funds for a new rescue board

RNLI/Ian Foster

RNLI lifeguard paddle team

On Sunday 19 August, Thomas Joutsikoski, Becca Annells, Sophie Conway, Louis Seedhouse, Joseff Saunders and Emily Wells will be using RNLI rescue boards to paddle from Tregantle beach to Looe harbour. The design of the rescue boards being used means the lifeguards will be relying solely on their upper body strength to propel them the gruelling eight and a half miles.

The lifeguards are training either before or after work at least once a week in preparation for the challenge by paddling to and from local beaches.

The money raised from the challenge is being put toward a new rescue board. The rescue boards cost around £900 each and are essential pieces of equipment for the lifeguards.

Jake Marshall, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area and organiser of the event, said:

‘The lifeguards are using rescue boards for this challenge in part because of the distance from Tregantle to Looe but also because they’re one of our most useful pieces of kit. This is also why we wanted to put the funds raised towards a new one.

As a charity, the RNLI is reliant on donations to equip us with the kit we need to carry out our lifesaving service. To support the lifeguards in this challenge, donations can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jake-marshallrnli.’

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