RNLI lifeguards at Bridlington South administer first aid to struggling child

Lifeguards News Release

On Saturday 16 July, the lifeguard team at Bridlington South beach assisted in the first aid of a three-year-old child.

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI lifeguard checking the first aid kit on the beach.

At around 11am, two parents contacted the Bridlington South lifeguard hut seeking aid for their child, who was having a seizure.

Senior lifeguard Ava Friar immediately undertook a series of medical checks, before fellow lifeguard Max Teasdale gave the child oxygen.

Unfortunately, the child’s state quickly declined so the lifeguard duo called the Coastguard for assistance. With a steady flow of oxygen, the child quickly recovered and was sitting up and interacting with videos when the paramedics arrived.

Lifeguard Supervisor Rianna Manson praised the parents for visiting a lifeguarded beach: ‘It was great of the parents to take their child to a lifeguarded beach over the hot weekend. As soon as they found themselves in any trouble, our lifeguards were on hand to help.

'Our lifeguards have received brilliant first-aid training, which is essential and even lifesaving when waiting for further medical assistance to arrive.’

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

Lifeguard Supervisor Rianna Manson is available for interview.

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