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RNLI lifeguard rescues teenager who got into difficulty at Skegness

Lifeguards News Release

On Sunday 21 July a 14 year old boy was rescued by an RNLI lifeguard after getting into difficulty whilst swimming.

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RNLI Lifeguard Lewis

The teenager was swimming approximately 150m outside of the safe swim zone when he began getting into difficulty. An on duty lifeguard spotted the teenager and swam out to him with a rescue tube. As the lifeguard reached the teenager he was beginning to go under the water. The lifeguard towed him back to safety with the rescue tube.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Arun Gray said: ‘We’re extremely proud of our lifeguard Lewis McGarry for carrying out this rescue. He arrived just in time to assist the teenager and if the teenager hadn’t been swimming on a lifeguarded beach the outcome could have been very different. At this time we would like to remind people how important it is to swim on a lifeguarded beach and to stay between the red and yellow flags.’

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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Kate Driver, RNLI Regional Media Engagement on 07486872956 or email at kate_driver@rnli.org.uk

Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07824518641 or email at clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk

Key facts about the RNLI

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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