RNLI Mablethorpe lifeguards assist in major first-aid

Lifeguards News Release

The Mablethorpe lifeguard team responded to a first-aid call from the Coastguard on Saturday 7 August.

A young man in a navy jumper that says lifeguards on it and has the RNLI symbol stands in front of a sandy beach. Behind him, there is the sea.

RNLI/Derry Salter

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Arun Gray

At around 3pm, RNLI Mablethorpe lifeguard Henry Houdens was patrolling the beach and received a call from the Coastguard alerting the team of a first-aid incident further along the beach.

Henry radioed the Mablethorpe lifeguard unit requesting a medical bag, so Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Arun Gray ran to the scene. When the lifeguard team arrived, they found a 19-year-old male who had collapsed after having a seizure on the promenade.

By this point, a member of the public was giving the casualty CPR and had helped him regain consciousness. Arun took over the first-aid care and helped to support the young man’s airways.

Shortly after, an ambulance arrived to take the casualty to hospital, where he is believed to have made a full recovery.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Arun Gray urged people to visit a lifeguarded beach this summer: ‘Our lifeguards are well trained in casualty care so that they can provide lifesaving treatment, which is vital when waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

By visiting a lifeguarded beach, one of our lifeguards will be on hand if an incident does occur. We advise witnesses to any incidents to call 999 and contact the British Coastguard immediately, so our lifeguards are quickly on the scene.’

For more information please visit: https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety

Notes to editors

RNLI Mablethorpe lifeguard service has been operating since 2001. To learn more about the lifeguarded beach go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches/mablethorpe-beach

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Arun Gray is available for interview.

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RNLI/Derry Salter

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