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RNLI Cullercoats lifeguards assist in essential first aid

Lifeguards News Release

On Sunday 10 July, RNLI Cullercoats lifeguards partnered with Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade to administer first aid.

RNLI/Derry Salter

Senior Lifeguard Will Hogg

At around 5:45pm, the lifeguard team at Cullercoats became aware of a young woman struggling in the low tide around the pier. The lifeguards were quickly on hand to help and discovered the woman had accidentally sustained injuries.

Once ashore, the lifeguard team concluded that the 21-year-old had broken her tibia and fibula. Senior Lifeguard Will Hogg assessed the severity of the break and quickly administer Entonox.

Whilst waiting for the ambulance, Will Hogg called the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade to assist and stabilise the woman, who was in pain. They remained with the woman until the ambulance arrived.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Andy Choumanidis praised the woman for choosing a lifeguarded beach: ‘We advise all beachgoers to choose a lifeguarded beach this summer as if you find yourself in trouble in and around the water, one of our team will shortly be on hand to help.

'We also advise beachgoers to check the tide times before swimming, as low tide can be deceivingly dangerous.’

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

Lifeguard Supervisor Andy Choumanidis is available for interview.

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