RNLI lifeguards at Skegness in multi-agency rescue of mother and child
RNLI lifeguards at Skegness were involved in a multi-agency rescue of a mother and child yesterday (Sunday 26 July) who had got into difficulty on an inflatable rubber ring.
At 3pm RNLI lifeguard Lois Kemp spotted a lady and child who were struggling to stay afloat around 300 metres north of the red and yellow flags.
The mother was trying to keep the boy on the rubber ring but owing to sea conditions, she was unable to do this, and her head kept going under the water.
Lois immediately drove up to the water’s edge on the charity’s quad bike. She then swam out to the pair with a rescue tube (a long flexible yellow tube that people can grab onto).
Fellow lifeguard Charlie Spencer coordinated communications from the beach along with the local Coastguard rescue team from Skegness.
On reaching the scene, Lois found that a couple who were passing by on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) had also stopped to help.
The lady from the RIB entered the water and helped Lois wrap the rescue tube around the mother. They also lifted the boy onto the boat and the man onboard took him back to shore.
Lois and the lady guided the child back to the safety of the beach. Charlie and the Coastguard rescue team greeted the casualties on arrival.
Charlie performed a casualty care check on both mother and son and administered oxygen to the boy.
They were then handed over to East Midlands Ambulance Service and taken to hospital for further treatment. They have now been discharged.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Arun Gray, said: ‘Thanks to the swift actions of our lifeguards and quick thinking by members of the public, a mother and son were speedily rescued from danger yesterday.
‘Our charity’s lifeguards regularly train for incidents such as this and I’m really proud of the teamwork they demonstrated. I’d also like to thank our Coastguard colleagues for their support and the couple in the boat who stopped to help.
‘We’d always urge people to visit a lifeguarded beach and not to use inflatables, blow-up toys or airbeds. These items are designed for pools, not the sea where they can easily be swept out.’
For RNLI beach safety advice, please visit: https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety
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The library photos (taken before COVID-19 restrictions) show RNLI Lifeguards Charlie Spencer and Lois Kemp. Credit: RNLI.
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