Kent RNLI lifeguards have a busy season

Lifeguards News Release

As the summer holidays continue, Thanet and Swale lifeguards have been busy patrolling the beaches and continuing to save lives at sea.

With 95% of a lifeguard’s work being preventative, ensuring that safety advice is being offered to members of the public is important so everyone can enjoy the beach. This was certainly the case for the Taylor family, who spoke to the Face to Face fundraising team to learn about the RNLI Respect the Water campaign, only a day before their inflatable swept twin sisters Evie and Lola out to sea at Botany Bay.

Josh Jones who was on duty that day paddled out to the sisters whilst the Margate inshore lifeboat rescued their father, Ben. Thanks to the team efforts of the RNLI, and the girls remembering the Float to Live advice, everyone returned home safely that night.

Taine Carrick performed a double rescue at the beginning of the season, rescuing both a swimmer and surfer at Joss Bay after a strong rip current pulled them out to sea.

Lucy-Jane Macgowan, Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Thanet and Swale, says, ‘We are tremendously proud of the work our lifeguards have been doing this season, and with another spike in temperature expected this weekend, no doubt their work will continue.

Please swim at a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags, wear sun cream and protective clothing, and please don’t bring inflatables to the beach, particularly when the orange windsock is flying.

If you see someone in distress, alerting us or calling the Coastguard on 999 is the best course of action – we never mind checking out your concerns as we’d rather be able to help before something turns into a serious situation, and we don’t want you to put yourself in danger trying to help.’

‘If you happen to get swept out in a rip current, swim to the left or right when you can and then back to shore when you’re able rather than fighting it and becoming exhausted. Shout and wave for help if you’re able so we can come and assist.’

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