RNLI lifeguards rescue two casualties at King Edwards Bay

Lifeguards News Release

On Saturday 13 August, King Edwards Bay lifeguards assisted two 16-year-old girls struggling in the water, before administering essential first aid.

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI lifeguard preparing a first aid kit

At around 5:45pm, the charity’s lifeguards became aware of two teenagers struggling in the water out of their depth. With a powerful shore break, the girls quickly became exhausted in the water.

Senior Lifeguard Alex Tatro immediately entered the water with a rescue board and quickly reached the duo who were only 20m offshore. One casualty was clearly struggling so Alex helped her onto the rescue board, whilst her friend held on the side.

The charity’s lifeguard paddled them safely back to shore, where the two 16-year-olds underwent a series of checks. The duo were very shaken up and had swallowed lots of water.

The lifeguard team escorted the casualties to the lifeguard unit, in hopes to warm them up. The casualty who had been particularly struggling in the water quickly deteriorated and became dizzy and faint. She then had a seizure in the unit, with lifeguard Jackson Laycock administered oxygen to the casualty.

Senior lifeguard Alex immediately phoned for an ambulance as well as radioing HM Coastguard for assistance. Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade quickly arrived and assisted in providing medical care for the other casualty, which included monitoring and a space blanket to prevent heat loss.

After 30 minutes, the initial casualty began to regain consciousness as the ambulance arrived. Both casualties’ conditions quickly improved and were allowed home after the ambulance undertook a series of checks.

Lifeguard Supervisor Andy Choumanidis praised his team’s hard work in assisting the duo: ‘Our lifeguards have received brilliant first-aid training, which is essential and even lifesaving when waiting for further medical assistance to arrive.

It was very sensible of the two girls to chose to swim at a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags. As soon as they found themselves in difficulty, one of our lifeguards was quickly able to identify and assist them.’

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 King Edward’s Bay lifeguard service has been operating since 2001. To learn more about the lifeguarded beach go to: King Edward's Bay Beach - Lifeguarded beaches (rnli.org)

Lifeguard Supervisor Andy Choumanidis is available for interview.

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