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South east Dorset RNLI lifeguards have a busy season

Lifeguards News Release

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

RNLI/Ellen Dean

Ninety-five percent of a lifeguard’s work is preventative, offering safety advice to all those who’ve come down to enjoy a great day at the beach.

When things do go wrong, teamwork is essential for our lifeguards. Recently the Bournemouth senior lifeguard was caught in a rip-current while rescuing two casualties by the pier. The other lifeguards on duty performed a tube rescue for the senior and the casualties, bringing all three back safely to the beach.

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 that the lifeguards can come and assist.

Kester Sheppard, Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Poole, 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 remember to 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, alert us if you can or call the Coastguard on 999 – 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.’

Media contacts

For more information, or for interview requests, contact Julie Rainey, Regional Media Manager for London and the south east, on 07827 358 256 / julie_rainey@rnli.org.uk , Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer on 07785 296 252 or paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk or the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 / pressoffice@rnli.org.uk

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