Off-duty Southwold RNLI lifeguards rescue injured swimmer

Lifeguards News Release

Three off-duty lifeguards rescued a swimmer who dislocated his shoulder in the early morning of Thursday 26 August.

Two lifeguards stand outside of a lifeguard hut, one has a bike. Both are wearing red shorts and a yellow lifeguard top.

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI Lifeguard Callum Swatman

At around 8:45am, RNLI Southwold lifeguards Ella Tolliday, Owen Webster and Callum Swatman arrived at the beach to undertake some training before work. The trio were practicing on the rescue boards near the water’s edge when they noticed a man 50m away waving.

Callum instantly paddled over to the man, who began shouting for help, whilst Ella and Owen returned to the lifeguard unit to grab rescue tubes. The duo went to support Callum, who had assisted the injured man onto his rescue board.

Owen immediately called the Coastguard and requested a medical responder bag as the casualty had dislocated his shoulder. The lifeguard team suspected the injury came as a result of the massive shore dump and strong waves brought with the grey weather.

The charity’s lifeguards carefully assisted the man back to shore where he received casualty care. The man felt increasingly faint and the Coastguard shortly arrived to help the RNLI Southwold team keep the casualty in as little pain as possible.

Fellow Southwold lifeguards Arna Tolliday and Jamie Goodhead arrived just before 10am to begin their shift for the day. The on-duty lifeguards helped their fellow colleagues with ensuring the man was as comfortable as possible before the ambulance arrived.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Ted Morgan praised his off-duty lifeguard team: ‘Our lifeguards are well trained in casualty care so that they can provide essential treatment whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

'It was great that the man chose to visit a lifeguarded beach. However, we advise people to only swim during our lifeguard operating hours which are 10am to 6pm. That way one of our lifeguards will certainly be around to assist you as soon as you find yourself in trouble.’

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Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Ted Morgan is available for interview.

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