By Ella Henwood
Photo by: Tronic Pro (Sandymouth Beach)
While a recent change in weather had put summer on hold, Lifeguards have still been kept busy on the beaches. Now the sun is shining, there will no doubt be more to come.
Last week Sandymouth Lifeguards, Jacob and Sam, were alerted to a surfer in medical difficulty. At first it was thought to be a diabetic-related problem but following the Lifeguards’ first aid assessment it became apparent that the problem was a lot more serious. The surfer quickly began to lose consciousness so Sam and Jacob put their recent first aid training into action and managed to bring him back around. Once paramedics arrived on scene they couldn’t determine what was wrong with the patient. With a big incoming tide the decision was made to airlift him from the beach and get him to hospital where further assessments could take place.
Just a few days later an unidentified object was discovered buried in the sand on Summerleaze beach. Lifeguards, Ben and Rory, cordoned off the area keeping the public a safe distance away whilst they awaited the assistance of Bude Coastguard Team. Upon their arrival pictures of the object were sent to the Police; they also could not identify the object so the Plymouth Bomb Disposal Unit was tasked to come and collect the object safely.
Next week it is the start of Peak Season Induction, so 10 more Lifeguards will be put through their Lifeguard training, getting them fit and ready for the coming months.
From Saturday 7th July-Sunday 2nd September North Cornwall Lifeguards will be patrolling; Crackington, Blackrock, Widemouth, Summerleaze, Crooklets, Northcott & Sandymouth.
The RNLI patrols over 240 beaches across the UK. When visiting the beach we strongly recommend that you go to one that is Lifeguarded. Throughout the UK our operational times are 10am-6pm 7 days a week. If you are ever near the sea and you spot someone in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Never attempt to save someone yourself, as very often 1 person in difficulty can very quickly turn into 2 people in difficulty.