Off-duty RNLI lifeguard rescues stranded jet skier at Sea Palling beach

Lifeguards News Release

On Tuesday 19 July, an off-duty RNLI lifeguard rescued a jet skier at Sea Palling beach.

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI lifeguard with a rescue board

At around 8pm, lifeguard Rebecca Cooper was at Sea Palling beach when she noticed a stranded jet skier. The casualty had come off his jet ski and was struggling to remount it.

Despite being off-duty, Rebecca entered the water with her rescue board and assisted the jet skier safely back to shore.

Although he was shaken up, no medical assistance was needed.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Ted Morgan praised his lifeguard: ‘Our lifeguards undergo meticulous training and are always happy to help.

'We do encourage beachgoers to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim when our team is patrolling between 10am and 6pm.’

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

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Ted Morgan is available for interview.

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