RNLI Filey lifeguards assist in two essential first-aids
Two nights in a row, the lifeguard team at Filey worked late assisting a young boy on Saturday 21 August and a cyclist on Sunday 22 August.
At around 5:55pm on Saturday, Filey lifeguards began to finish for the day when they witnessed a 12-year-old boy swinging on a jungle gym next to the lifeguard unit. The boy accidentally swung into the bars and hit his ribs, before falling to the floor.
Lifeguards Lizzie Swift and Edward Broadbent immediately attended the casualty, who they placed on a spinal board as he fell from a height. The duo found serious bruising on the child whilst administering medical checks, so the Filey team called an ambulance.
Then on Sunday 22 August, the Filey lifeguards were finishing their shift and driving the truck back to the lifeguard support centre, when they witnessed a hit and run. The team instantly pulled over and assisted the cyclist, who was bleeding from the head.
Lizzie and Edward gave the cyclist a series of medical checks, where they concluded he was suffering from spinal pain. The duo waited with the casualty until an ambulance arrived.
Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Andrew Hogg congratulated his team’s medical skills: ‘Our lifeguards are excellently trained in casualty care. They know how to provide lifesaving treatment – a vital factor whilst waiting for an ambulance.
'When you visit an RNLI lifeguarded beach, one of our lifeguards will be on hand if an incident occurs. We advise all witnesses to injuries to immediately call 999 and ask for the British Coastguard.’
Notes to editors
RNLI Filey lifeguard service has been operating since 2001. To learn more about the lifeguarded beach go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches/filey-beach
Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Andrew Hogg is available for interview.
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