By Ella Henwood:
All seven of our beaches from Crackington to Sandymouth have seen a huge influx of visitors keeping Lifeguards busy.
Sandymouth Lifeguards have dealt with some serious incidents so far this season, the most recent being a successful cliff rescue involving multiple emergency services. Two people got cut off by the incoming tide, Lifeguards were made aware by the Police who had been alerted to search for 2 missing persons. Lifeguard Stell paddled out on a Rescue Board and located the people when he noticed one had begun climbing the cliff. Lifeguard Alfie ran to the top of the cliff to keep a close eye on the climber where it soon became clear that they had put themselves in further danger. Along with the assistance of the Police and Bude Coastguard Rescue Team, they were able to secure the casualty before Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 924 arrived on scene and winched them to safety. Bude Coastguard has praised Stell and Alfie’s quick thinking during the incident, deeming that a life had been saved because of their quick action.
Northcott senior, Sammy carried out resuscitation on a dachshund. The dog had been running in and out of the water at low tide when it began to struggle to breathe. Its owners alerted Lifeguards who were quick to administer CPR. Lifeguards are not trained in animal CPR but Sammy’s quick thinking and Casualty Care for Lifeguard Training came into play and he was able to bring the dog back to life before sending the dog off to the vet’s for further treatment.
Crooklets and Summerleaze have seen a large number of visitors. Just last week Summerleaze carried out 30 rescues in just 1 day; this was due to a high number of water users and big surf. Since the beginning of the season, Crooklets beach has had to deal with strong rip currents at low tide. This has caused the beach to regularly be red-flagged. A Red Flag indicates danger. Lifeguards may deem the water to be too dangerous or they may be dealing with a serious incident on the beach and are unable to watch the water.
Blackrock senior, Richie, speaks of how Blackrock has been extremely busy this year with ‘more rescues carried out in 1 day than they did all of last season’. ‘There are lots of pebbles at high tide and strong rip currents from Mid-Low’ so ‘as on all of our beaches Lifeguards have been working tirelessly to keep all water users safe in the tricky conditions our beaches have been facing’.
This coming Bank Holiday weekend is set to bring more visitors to Bude’s Beaches. It is also Lifeboat Weekend with lots going on throughout the town to raise valuable funds and awareness of the RNLI. Monday, 2:30 pm on Summerleaze beach there will be a Rescue Demonstration involving the Lifeboat, Lifeguards and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 924. This is not to be missed.