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RNLI Mowbray lifeguards rescue four children from rip current

Lifeguards News Release

On Sunday 7 July, RNLI lifeguards were involved in the rescue of four children swept into a rip current off Sandhaven beach.

RNLI/Kate Driver

At approximately 5pm, lifeguards noticed the children getting into difficulty. Four lifeguards quickly entered the water to assist the children. One child had managed to climb back onto the rocks but the other three could not navigate the rip current. The children were brought ashore where they were transported to the Lifeguard Station for casualty care. The children were then handed over to paramedics for further health checks.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Sandy Kerr said ‘This incident could’ve been very serious if our incredible lifeguards hadn’t been on duty. Just because you can’t see a rip current doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Its vital that all beachgoers swim between the red and yellow flags as this is the safest area to enjoy the water.

‘I would like to thank the lifeguards involved in this rescue. Due to their training they knew exactly how to handle this situation. If you’re unsure on water safety advice, speak to one of our on duty lifeguards. You can also read our Respect the Water advice online’.


Notes to editors

  • The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

  • As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week. Local authorities part fund the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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