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RNLI lifeguards join Southwold lifeboat station for joint training exercise

Lifeguards News Release

Lowestoft, Southwold and Gorleston RNLI lifeguards joined Southwold Lifeboat Station for an exciting, combined training exercise on Southwold beach (Thursday 13 July).

RNLI lifeguards running to their rescue boards

RNLI/Jonathon Sapsford

RNLI lifeguards running to their rescue boards

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: 

  • Wells-next-the-Sea

  • Sheringham East

  • Sheringham West

  • West Runton

  • East Runton

  • Cromer West

  • Cromer East

  • Mundesley

  • Sea Palling

  • Hemsby

  • Great Yarmouth

  • Gorleston

  • Southwold North

  • Southwold South

  • Lowestoft North

  • Lowestoft South

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

RNLI picture caption

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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RNLI lifeguards alongside Southwold's Atlantic 85 lifeboat and crew

RNLI/Jonathon Sapsford

RNLI lifeguards alongside Southwold's Atlantic 85 lifeboat and crew
RNLI lifeguards and Southwold lifeboat crew practising transferring casualties

RNLI/Jonathon Sapsford

RNLI lifeguards and Southwold lifeboat crew practising transferring casualties

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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