Lincolnshire RNLI lifeguard season comes to an end

Lifeguards News Release

On Sunday 3 September, RNLI lifeguard services across beaches in Lincolnshire finished, marking the end of another lifeguard season.

RNLI Lifeguards at Skegness Lifeboat Station

RNLI/Brad Johnson

RNLI Lifeguards at Skegness Lifeboat Station

RNLI lifeguard patrols at Skegness, Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe have come to an end as the peak summer season closes.

The charity’s lifeguards have worked extremely hard by monitoring the beaches, performing lifesaving rescues, administering essential first aid and participating in training exercises to practice some of the important skills required to save lives at sea.

They have also collaborated with RNLI lifeboat stations and crew across Lincolnshire and emergency services including HM Coastguard and the Fire and Rescue service.

The most notable rescue of the season was by 17-year-old RNLI Lifeguard Isaac Banham who rescued two women blown offshore by strong winds on stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) at Skegness.

The two casualties were approximately 500m outside the red and yellow flags and were struggling to make it back to the beach. Isaac quickly acted and paddled out to them using a rescue board.

The lifeboat crew were paged prior to the rescue but stood down as the lifeguard had already swiftly brought the two paddleboarders to shore before they had launched.

The two women received a welfare check back on the beach at the lifeguard unit and were offered safety advice on potential harm they could have encountered such as inhaling water and secondary drowning.

Lincolnshire RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor, Ted Morgan, congratulated his team’s efforts:

‘Our team across Lincolnshire have consistently worked hard this summer saving lives. It’s brilliant that so many beachgoers chose to visit a lifeguarded beach and followed our safety advice.’

The charity advises that should people wish to visit a beach during offseason to continue following their Float to Live advice:

If you find yourself in trouble in the water, remember to...

  • 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 and ask for the Coastguard or, if you are inland, ask for the Fire and Rescue service.

For beach safety information and tips, please visit: https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety

For further information on Float to Live, go to: https://rnli.org/safety/float

RNLI picture caption

The photograph shows RNLI Lifeguards at Skegness Lifeboat Station. Photo credit: Brad Johnson.

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