RNLI Seaburn lifeguard rescues mother and daughter

Lifeguards News Release

On Wednesday 17 August, RNLI lifeguard David Batty rescued a mother who had gone to help her daughter when a rip current appeared.

A flag pole is placed on a sandy beach near the sea. The flag on top is red and yellow.

RNLI/Derry Salter

Red and Yellow flagged swim zone

At around 2:30pm, lifeguard David Batty was patrolling Seaburn beach between the red and yellow flags when he noticed a young girl bodyboarding. The girl began to drift out to sea and her mum went into to pull her closer.

However, shortly after David was alerted by a member of the public that the mother and daughter had been pulled out into a rip current. The charity’s lifeguard ran 100m up the beach and entered the water with a rescue tube.

He swam out to the duo who were 50m offshore and towed them back onto the sandbanks. Luckily, neither of the casualties had sustained any injuries.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Sean Mills congratulated the mother and daughter: ‘It was brilliant that they decided to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. This mean as soon as they found themselves in trouble, one of our lifeguards was on hand to help.’

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

Notes to editors

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

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Sean Mills is available for interview.

Photo Credit

RNLI/Derry Salter

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