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Coldingham RNLI Lifeguards in joint training with Eyemouth RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards based at Coldingham Bay in the Scottish Borders conducted a joint training session alongside volunteer crews on Eyemouth RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat and Shannon class all-weather lifeboat.

Lifeguard supervisor and exercise co-ordinator, Iona Hamilton, had devised scenarios involving swimmers getting into difficulty which required teamwork from the RNLI Lifeguards on the beach and the volunteer lifeboat crews to achieve the best outcome for the ‘casualties’.

Using various recovery methods from the water Lifeguards brought the casualties on board the lifeboats where joint casualty care was carried out by crew members and lifeguards, who share the same RNLI casualty care qualification.

Lifeguard supervisor Iona Hamilton said: “Thankfully we haven’t had to work together this season, but in the past, we have worked closely with the lifeboats based out of Eyemouth, as well as the independent lifeboat at St Abbs on incidents.”

“Eyemouth’s all-weather lifeboat carries different pain relief than we have on the beach, so it is great to be able to share our knowledge, experience and equipment between the two arms of the RNLI’s lifesaving service helping us provide a higher standard of care to any potential casualty.”

Wendy Lormier, volunteer crew member with Eyemouth RNLI said: "It is great to have joint training sessions with the RNLI Lifeguards at Coldingham. You never know when you might be called on to put the training into practise for real, and every second counts when someone is in difficulty in the water."

Coldingham RNLI lifeguards are now on patrol 10am – 6pm at weekends only, until Sunday 24 September when the season ends. In any coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Notes to editors

  • In 2022 RNLI lifeboats from 238 stations across the UK and RoI launched 9,312 times saving 389 lives.

  • In 2022 RNLI Lifeguards aided more than 24,000 people, responding to 18, 897 incidents and saving 117 lives.

  • In 2022 it cost the RNLI £188M to run it’s charitable lifesaving service, 6 in 10 of the lifeboat launches were funded be generous supporters leaving the RNLI a gift in their will.

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RNLI Lifeguard Matt Gibbons paddles away from Eyemouth RNLI Lifeboat 'Helen Hastings'

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RNLI Lifeguard James Walker watches having dropped off a casualty to the D class Eyemouth RNLI Lifeboat

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RNLI Lifeguard supervisor Iona Hamilton co-ordinates the exercise from Eyemouth RNLI D class 'MyWay'

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