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RNLI Scarborough North Bay lifeguards prevent potential drowning

Lifeguards News Release

Scarborough North Bay lifeguards rescued a surfer, who was taking advantage of the sunny weather this weekend.

Four lifeguards in RNLI red and yellow lifeguard uniform at a beach

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Ruby Wyborn, center right

With a hot Saturday morning in Scarborough coupled with ideal waves for surfing, the charity’s lifeguard team faced a busy weekend and conducted regular patrols throughout the day.

Shortly after noon on Saturday 19 June, experienced lifeguard Ruby Wyborn was alerted to a surfer stuck in a strong current. RNLI Scarborough North Bay’s lifeguard team instantly spotted the young adult, who had been swept just outside the red and yellow flags at the lifeguarded beach. Because of the weather, Ruby was already in the water on the rescue board so reached the surfer in a matter of minutes.

After battling against the strong currents, the charity’s lifeguard helped the casualty back ashore, where he received medical attention. The surfer did not sustain any injuries, however he was seriously fatigued and shaken up.

Seasonal Lifeguard Supervisor Tom Pratt congratulated Ruby’s quick reaction:

‘Because our team is constantly on guard, we easily detected the surfer in trouble. There was the possibility of a lifeboat or helicopter call out to prevent a potential drowning if Ruby had not been raring to go.

When you visit one of the RNLI’s beaches, one of our lifeguards will be there to help you if you get in to trouble.’

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Notes to editors

Scarborough North Bay Lifeguards have been operating since 2001. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

Seasonal Lifeguard Supervisor Tom Pratt is available for interview.

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