Heatwave sees a busy day for the RNLI Saltburn lifeguards

Lifeguards News Release

On Tuesday 19 July, the lifeguard team at Saltburn beach helped RNLI Redcar with the rescue of two paddleboarders and assisted with numerous first aids.

RNLI/Derry Salter

Senior Lifeguard Tom Davis (Centre)

The heatwave saw a busy day for the RNLI Saltburn lifeguards Liam Traves and Harry Deluce with constant incidents throughout the day. The charity’s lifeguards administered first aid to numerous beachgoers who were struggling with heat exhaustion.

The team helped the casualties into the shade, provided them water and gave medical advice. One unconscious casualty was given medical attention whilst the lifeguards called the ambulance. The RNLI lifeguard team at Saltburn gave the casualty oxygen and monitored their condition, which was caused by heat exhaustion.

Later in the day Senior Tom Davis spotted two paddleboarders struggling to swim back to shore due to strong offshore winds. Tom radioed the Coastguard who called RNLI Redcar; the lifeboat team were shortly on hand to help.

Once ashore, the duo did not require any medical attention.

Shortly after, the Senior Lifeguard provided essential casualty care to a beachgoer who was suffering from severe cardiac chest pains. The Saltburn lifeguard team supported the casualty until the ambulance arrived.

Lifeguard Supervisor Rianna Manson praised all the beachgoers for choosing a lifeguarded beach during the record-breaking heatwave: ‘It is brilliant that all of these people followed our safety advice and chose to visit a lifeguarded beach. As soon as they found themselves in any trouble, whether it was in or around the water, our lifeguards were on hand to help.’

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

Lifeguard Supervisor Rianna Manson is available for interview.

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