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Off-duty RNLI lifeguard rescues bodyboarders in a rip current off Whitesands

Lifeguards News Release

At 2:09pm on the 26 May an off-duty RNLI lifeguard spotted bodyboarders struggling in a rip current off Whitesands beach and rushed out on the rescue board to assist.

RNLI windbreak

RNLI/Eleri Roberts

RNLI windbreak

RNLI lifeguards on Whitesands beach were packing up after completing their rescue water craft (RWC) training when they spotted two men struggling around 40m offshore.

RNLI lifeguard Jago Sime was the first to spot the bodyboarders, who were in their late teens, and quickly paddled out to reach them on his rescue board. Out of breath but on their bodyboards the lifeguard assisted the pair and helped them back to the shore.

The conditions on the day were overcast with slight wind and a four foot surf.

If caught in a rip current, the RNLI advises people not to swim against it. Remain calm, raise your hand and shout for help. Always keep hold of your flotation device as this will help support you until you swim out of the rip or further helps arrives.

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For more information contact Scott Dixon, RNLI Media Engagement Placement on 07890 066217 or email [email protected]. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07771 941390 / [email protected].

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