RNLI lifeguards assist Paddle Boarder on Mowbray Beach

Lifeguards News Release

On Tuesday 23 July, a paddle boarder got into difficulty approximately 350m from shore and required assistance from the lifeguards.

RNLI/Andrew Choumanidis

As temperatures soared people flocked to the beaches making Tuesday the busiest day of the lifeguards’ season so far. The paddleboarder got into difficulty and required assistance from the charity’s lifeguards.

Lifeguard Finn Scherczer swam out with a rescue board to assist the paddleboarder who was exhausted and beginning to panic. Finn calmed the casualty down and swam back to shore with her.

Another lifeguard retrieved the paddle board. The casualty was in good spirits on her return to shore and thanked the lifeguards for their assistance.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Sandy Kerr said: ‘This incident is a great example of why you should always use a lifeguarded beach, if the paddleboarder had been elsewhere she risked being swept out to sea. At this time we’d like to remind people when they visit the beach to swim between the red and yellow flags as this is the safest area to enjoy the water.’

Notes to editors

  • 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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