Coldingham Bay RNLI lifeguard assists bodyboarders drifting out to sea

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguard jumped into action after spotting bodyboarders struggling to return to shore on Saturday 6 August at Coldingham Bay on the coast of the Scottish Borders.

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RNLI lifeguard Mirren McTavish keeping people safe at Coldingham Bay

Noticing that the group of bodyboarders, including a child, had drifted away from the shore and were struggling to return, RNLI lifeguard Mirren McTavish entered the water on a rescue board to assist.

Given the strong offshore wind and having used an unanchored boat as a reference point, the charity’s lifeguards made the decision to intervene early and bring the child back to the beach before it became too difficult for them to return the safely. The rest of the group paddled back alongside the rescue board.

Mirren said: ‘Fortunately, the group were looking out for one another and we were able to intervene before they were in serious danger. We urge beach goers to always check the local forecast for wind, tide and swell, as it is easy to be caught out in the sea.’

If you spot someone in difficulty on the coast, resist the urge to enter the water to help. Instead, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. On a lifeguard patrolled beach, alert the lifeguards.

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