RNLI lifeguards join Southwold lifeboat station for joint training exercise
Lowestoft, Southwold and Gorleston RNLI lifeguards joined Southwold Lifeboat Station for an exciting, combined training exercise on Southwold beach (Thursday 13 July).
The training exercise, run by RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Sam Every and Atlantic 85 helms Simon Callaghan and Bob Cooper, was a great opportunity for lifeguards to practice their collaborative rescue skills with the lifeboat crew.
The team learned about the capabilities of the Annie Tranmer, Southwold’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, and spent two hours practising casualty transfers from rescue boards and rescue tubes up to the boat.
Sam Every said: ‘The joint training exercise between Southwold Lifeboat Station and the local lifeguard service has been hugely beneficial.
‘It has given the lifeguards and lifeboat crew a chance to practise and refine techniques for how we might transport casualties and has also given the lifeguards a greater understanding of the capabilities of Southwold Lifeboat Station.
‘Hopefully the success from this collaboration will lead to future training scenarios where we can work on developing more skills together.’
Bob Cooper added: ‘This was an invaluable exercise full of enthusiasm. The crew enjoyed training together with Lowestoft, Southwold and Gorleston RNLI beach lifeguards and demonstrating the capabilities of our Atlantic 85.’
The charity’s lifeguards pride themselves in being as fit and prepared as possible to keep beach users safe.
Sam said: ‘We always recommend that members of the public swim at a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags.
‘If you find yourself in trouble in the water, remember to Float to Live:
Tilt your head back with your ears submerged
Try to relax
Control your breathing
Use your hands to help you stay afloat
Once calm, then try to call for help or swim to safety if you can.’
In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.
You can see the RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards working together during Southwold Lifeboat Day on Saturday 5 August at 11am on Southwold seafront. Following the demonstration, the lifeboat station will be open to visitors between 12pm and 4pm.
For beach safety information and tips, please visit: https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety
Notes to editors
To find out more about Southwold RNLI lifeboat station: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/southwold-lifeboat-station
RNLI lifeguards are currently operating on the following East of England beaches seven-days-a-week between 10am and 6pm:
Here is a link to a video demonstrating the Float to Live technique: https://source.rnli.org.uk/share/8D368494-1288-427B-9579B05FD5568D3F/?viewType=grid
For further information please see www.rnli.org/safety/float
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Photograph 1 shows RNLI lifeguards running to their rescue boards. Photo credit: Jonathon Sapsford.
Photograph 2 shows RNLI lifeguards alongside Southwold's Atlantic 85 lifeboat and crew. Photo credit: Jonathon Sapsford.
Photograph 3 shows RNLI lifeguards and Southwold lifeboat crew practising transferring casualties. Photo credit: Jonathon Sapsford.
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