Donate now

RNLI lifeguards at Towan carry out successful CPR off the beach

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards Timothy Fallowfield and Stuart Weatherley were on patrol at Towan beach in Newquay on Tuesday afternoon when they were alerted to a casualty off the beach who needed immediate CPR.

RNLI/Mark Priem

Lifeguard Tim Fallowfield

At around 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, the casualty was walking to the beach for a surf lesson when he dropped down suddenly and was unconscious and not breathing. The surf instructors immediately commenced chest compressions and contacted the Towan lifeguards.

RNLI lifeguards Tim Fallowfield and Stuart Weatherley ran to the scene, approximately 100 metres from the beach, carrying the crash bag and PPE and immediately placed the chest pads on the casualty. They used the defibrillator to give one initial shock and the casualty came around straight away and started breathing again.

The casualty was then transferred to the care of the paramedics where he was conscious and talking, and has fortunately now recovered.

Lewis Timson, Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Newquay, said:

‘The lifeguards and surf instructors did an amazing job working together and quickly carrying out this successful CPR.

‘Our RNLI lifeguards are professionally trained in lifesaving and delivering casualty care, and they demonstrated how vital these skills are by helping to save this man’s life on Tuesday.’

Notes to editors

  • Please find attached photos of RNLI lifeguards who attended the incident – Tim Fallowfield and Stuart Weatherley (Credit RNLI/Mark Priem)

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Marianne Quinn, Regional Media Officer, on [email protected] or 07786 668847, Amy Caldwell, Regional Media Manager on 07920818807.

RNLI/Mark Priem

Lifeguard Stuart Weatherley

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 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.