RNLI lifeguards rescue two children at Hornsea

Lifeguards News Release

On Friday 20 August, RNLI Hornsea lifeguards rescued two 10-year-old boys after they struggled to reach the shore.

A young woman in a yellow top and red shorts stands in front of a white hut. She has an inflatable rescue tube around her neck as well as a radio. Behind her, the hut says lifeguards.

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI lifeguard Emily Pallant

The RNLI Hornsea lifeguard team faced a busy Friday, with lifeguard Emily Pallant patrolling the red and yellow flagged zone at the end of her shift. Emily noticed three boys, who appeared to be timid swimmers, near the shore.

Fellow lifeguard Brenton Mayman joined Emily, when they noticed that the three boys had begun struggling in the water. The duo grabbed rescue tubes and immediately entered the water. One of the children had managed to swim back to shore in the meantime.

With an offshore wind sweeping the two 10-year-olds out to sea, their struggle against the water increased with one boy beginning to disappear under the water. Brenton and Emily quickly reached the casualties and swum them back to shore with the assistance of the rescue tubes.

Once ashore, the two boys underwent a series of medical checks as one of them appeared immensely cold and unwell. The Hornsea team called for an ambulance after concluding that one of the children had swallowed a significant amount of water. Although in shock, the three boys are believed to not have sustained any serious injuries.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Andrew Hogg congratulated the three boys for choosing a lifeguarded beach:

‘Although the situation must have been frightening for such young children, it was great that they decided to visit a lifeguarded beach.

'All three boys were swimming between the red and yellow flags, which meant as soon as they found themselves in trouble, our lifeguard team was immediately on hand.’

If you decide to visit a beach this summer, please choose an RNLI lifeguarded beach.

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

Notes to editors

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

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Andrew Hogg is available for interview.

Photo Credit

RNLI/Derry Salter

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