RNLI Mablethorpe lifeguard helps children swept out to sea

Lifeguards News Release

On Thursday 4 August, an RNLI lifeguard at Mablethorpe beach rescued two children who had drifted out to sea on an inflatable.

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI lifeguard Henry Houlden at Skegness beach

Lifeguard Henry Houlden was on patrol when he became aware of two young children floating out to sea on an inflatable due to a strong offshore wind.

The charity’s lifeguard immediately entered the water with a rescue tube and swam out to assist the two children. When he reached the two casualties, they were over 800m out to sea.

Henry assisted the children back to shore with his rescue tube. Neither required any medical attention and remained calm.

Lifeguard Supervisor Marcus Upjohn praised the children for visiting a lifeguarded beach: ‘It is brilliant that the two children decided to swim between the red and yellow flags at a lifeguarded beach. As soon as they found themselves in any trouble, one of our lifeguards was on hand to help.

We advise all beachgoers check the weather before visiting one of our beaches. A lot of visitors enter the water with inflatables, which are easily carried out to sea by strong offshore winds, taking people out of their depth before they even realise.’

If you find yourself or anyone else in trouble in and around the water when visiting a lifeguarded beach, please dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

For more information on how to stay safe this summer, please visit: RNLI Beach Safety – Top Five Tips To Stay Safe By The Sea

Notes to editors

RNLI Mablethorpe lifeguard service has been operating since 2001. To learn more about the lifeguarded beach go to: Mablethorpe Beach - Lifeguarded beaches (rnli.org)

Lifeguard Supervisor Marcus Upjohn is available for interview.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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