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Busy weekend for Sea Palling RNLI with first aid incident and beach rescue

Lifeguards News Release

Sea Palling RNLI's lifeguards assist Coastguards with a first aid incident (Saturday 10 June) and respond to father-daughter rescue from rip current (Sunday 11 June).

Crowds of people at Sea Palling

RNLI/Ted Morgan

Crowds of people at Sea Palling

Crowds of people were on the beach over the weekend in the warm sunny weather at Sea Palling, with high temperatures of 24 degrees, and kept RNLI lifeguards busy.

Around 3pm on Saturday 10 June, lifeguards assisted a first aid incident involving a woman with an injured leg 500m south east of the lifeguard unit on the sea wall.

Lifeguards worked with Bacton Coastguard to treat the woman and get them from the beach to an ambulance.

Ted Morgan, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for North and East of England, said: ‘The Coastguard and lifeguards worked well to support and evacuate the casualty, making sure they received medical treatment immediately.’

The RNLI encourages beachgoers to ask lifeguards for help no matter the scale of the incident.

In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.

Additionally, around 1pm on Sunday 11 June, RNLI lifeguards at Sea Palling responded to a father and daughter caught in the rip current.

Ted Morgan reported: ‘Rip currents occur when the tide comes in. They are fast and happen so quickly that it is easy to get caught in them.

‘The father had his daughter on his back which was forcing him under the water, so lifeguards Tom Owen and Greta Balfour responded swiftly.’

They were safely brought to shore and received medical assistance.

RNLI lifeguards remind beachgoers this weekend to always visit a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags.

Our lifeguards are trained to offer friendly advice and medical assistance when needed and operate on the beaches seven-days-a-week between 10am and 6pm.

For beach safety information and tips, please visit:

Notes to editors

RNLI lifeguards are currently operating on the following East of England beaches seven-days-a-week between 10am and 6pm:

  • Sheringham West

  • Cromer East

  • Mundesley

  • Sea Palling

  • Gorleston

  • Southwold North

  • Lowestoft South

RNLI Picture caption

The photograph shows crowds of people at Sea Palling. Photo credit: Ted Morgan

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