Newbie RNLI North Bay lifeguard carries out mass rescue

Lifeguards News Release

One of the RNLI’s newest recruits single-handedly rescued six people stuck in a rip current at Scarborough North Bay beach this weekend.

RNLI lifeguard in yellow top with the words RNLI LIFEGUARD in red on the back, with the beach behind them

RNLI/Nathan Williams

RNLI Lifeguard on the beach

Following a spell of sunny weather, RNLI Scarborough North Bay faced a busy weekend at the beach with the weather prime for surfing. On Sunday 20 June, a flash rip occurred just outside of the black and white flags, a zone designated for surfing, paddle-boarding and kayaking.

Rookie RNLI Lifeguard Carolina Clements was alerted to six adults who had been swept out to sea by the strong current. The casualties consisted of three swimmers and three surfers.

Carolina, who has only been with the charity for one month, paddled out to the rip on a rescue board whilst the casualties floated in the water. She then coached all six casualties on how to safely get out of the rip by swimming parallel to the shore, as to not exhaust themselves.

Although the RNLI Scarborough North Bay lifeguard team was on hand, newcomer Carolina remained in the water and carried out the mass rescue alone. After three of the casualties escaped the rip, the charity’s lifeguard aided the others on her rescue board.

Once ashore, the casualties were taken to the Lifeguard Unit where they received after care and medical attention. Although all casualties experienced shock, all remained uninjured.

Seasonal Lifeguard Supervisor Tom Pratt congratulated both Carolina and the casualties’ efforts in the incident:

‘It was essential that the six adults stuck in the rip raised their hands and shouted for help. Because they were at a lifeguarded beach, their actions alerted our team right away.

'Carolina acted quickly and calmly. The casualties’ cooperation with Carolina by listening to her advice to float instead of swim against the current made this mass rescue possible.’

If you find yourself caught in a rip current when visiting the RNLI's lifeguarded beaches, stay calm and float to live. For more information visit:

https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety

Notes to editors

Scarborough North Bay Lifeguards have been operating since 2001. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

Seasonal Lifeguard Supervisor Tom Pratt is available for interview.

Photo Credit

RNLI/Nathan Williams

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