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RNLI lifeguard rescues stranded swimmer at Gorleston

Lifeguards News Release

On Wednesday 20 July, a Gorleston lifeguard rescued a swimmer who had been swept out to sea.

RNLI/Derry Salter

RNLI red and yellow flags show where lifeguards patrol

At around 11am, lifeguard Clarissa Burwood was undertaking a patrol when she heard reports of a swimmer in difficulty over 1km down the beach from the Lifeguard Unit.

Clarissa ran the distance before entering the water, where she found the swimmer had been swept over 200m out to sea.

When the charity’s lifeguard reached the swimmer, she was very tired so Clarissa supported her back to shore.

After checking the condition of the casualty, the lifeguard saw that no medical attention was needed.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Ted Morgan praised the swimmer for visiting a lifeguarded beach: ‘It was great that the swimmer picked a RNLI lifeguarded beach. As soon as she found herself in any trouble, one of our lifeguards was on hand to help.

'Swimming between the red and yellow flags is essential as our lifeguards will quickly be able to spot you if you are struggling as they undertake their patrols.’

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

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Ted Morgan is available for interview.

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