Ravi returns to Scarborough to thank lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

On August 31, Scarborough RNLI was involved in a rescue with an incredible young man who followed the ‘Float to Live’ advice which ultimately saved his life.

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Ravi aboard the inshore lifeboat that aided in his rescue

We invited Ravi Saini back to Scarborough lifeboat station to tell his story.

He met the volunteer crew of three, Rob Gaunt, Rudi Barman, and Adam Sheader, who assisted in his rescue that day and thanked them for all they had done to help. He told the crew how he’d heard the lifeboat’s engine approaching and thought ‘yeah, I’ve finally got a second chance to live’.

Ravi’s Father, Nathu Ram, told his story of trying to reach Ravi in deep water with strong currents, ‘The water was round my neck and I lost my control, slowly, slowly he was going too far. Once or twice we saw his face. After that we didn't see him. When I was in the water I was struggling and I was thinking that we could both lose our lives’.

‘I was petrified and I thought that this was the end of my life,’ Ravi continued. ‘I realised I was floating and I was like 'help me, help me'.

Ravi had been watching the BBC documentary Saving Lives at Sea which follows RNLI in a behind-the-scenes look at station life and rescues. This is where Ravi had learned the Float to Live technique which he used to effectively save his own life.

Lifeboat crewman Rudi Barman described Ravi as ‘an incredible young man’.

‘He resisted the urge to panic which, in those conditions, would have been a big problem. The fact that he was on his back floating to live is just amazing really. That's what saved his life.’

5 steps to know how to float

· If you fall into water, fight your instinct to thrash around.

· Lean back, extend your arms and legs.

· If you need to, gently move them around to help you float.

· Float until you can control your breathing.

· Only then, call for help or swim to safety.

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Ravi revisits South Bay Beach where the dramatic rescue took place

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Lifeboat crewman, Rudi Barman, presents Ravi with a bag of gifts

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Ravi and his father, Nathu Ram, on South Bay beach

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