RNLI Seaburn lifeguards prevent five people from becoming trapped by the tide

Lifeguards News Release

On Saturday 28 August, the RNLI lifeguards took preventative measures at Seaburn beach by assisting five beach goers before the tide trapped them.

There is a sandy beach next to the sea. Written on the beach in all caps is 'Be Aware Tidal Cut Off'

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI Tidal Cut Off Sand Art

In the late afternoon, RNLI lifeguard Thomas Wright spotted five beach goers climbing onto the steels – a band of rocks leading out to the sea. As it was near to approaching high tide, Thomas and fellow lifeguard Kai Tate encouraged the group to return to shore.

The charity’s lifeguards assisted the five across the rocks and back to shore. Luckily, these preventative measures meant that nobody sustained any injuries. However, if this was a mere ten minutes later, the group would be at least waist deep in water.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Sean Mills emphasised the importance of this assist: ‘This may not seem like one of our major rescues, but the work of Thomas and Kai was extremely important.

'It is vital to research tide times and analyse any tidal cut off points before visiting a lifeguarded beach. The tide can very quickly come in and within minutes you can find yourself trapped.

'Before visiting one of our lifeguarded beaches, ensure you are prepared by checking the weather and the tide times.'

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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