By Ella Henwood, RNLI Lifeguard:
All seven of our beaches from Crackington to Sandymouth are now lifeguarded seven days a week 10am-6pm. So far we have one of the best starts to the season weatherwise and with the long-range forecast looking similar we could be in for a very busy summer.
Just last week Widemouth Lifeguards were radioed by Falmouth Coastguard to assist an elderly lady who had had a nasty fall at Millook lookout. This incident was out of our Patrol Zones but luckily Lifeguard Supervisors were already on the beach so covered the Lifeguards whilst they dealt with the incident. Lifeguards Ben & Josh were first on scene and quickly put into practice the first aid training they had been given by the RNLI and provided plenty of reassurance until the Coastguards and Paramedics arrived to take over.
Blackrock Lifeguards Dean and Piran were asked by the police to help assist in a beach search for a High-Risk missing person. After a search of the beach using the 4WD vehicle they successfully found the person and helped assist them safely off the beach.
Northcott & Sandymouth Lifeguards worked together on Monday evening after a member of the public was reported missing on the beach between Northcott and Sandymouth. With a big incoming tide, Lifeguards quickly coordinated a search to find the missing person. Sandymouth Lifeguards Sam and Jobe searched from the cliff tops from Sandymouth Southwards and Northcott Lifeguard, Charlie, searched the cliff top from Northcott Northwards. Off-duty Lifeguards, James and Jacob, had been in surfing and got out to assist with the search. After around 25 minutes the person was located North of Northcott beach, off-duty Lifeguard James assisted the individual back over the rocks and reunited them with their friend. If you are ever unsure of the tide times come and speak to the Lifeguards, they will give you advice on the tides and when you are able to safely walk along the beaches.
Sandymouth Lifeguard, Jobe, carried out his first rescue of the season on his very first day of work. A young child was bodyboarding and drifted just out of their depth making it difficult for them to get to the beach. Jobe was out on Board Patrol and spotted them in trouble. He brought the child safely back to the beach.
Due to the warm weather and rising sea temperatures we have had an influx of jellyfish wash onto the beaches. The two most common types are Moon jellyfish and purple jellyfish. While jellyfish are not a big danger on the beach, it is good to be aware of them. If you get stung by a jellyfish the best treatment is to keep it cool (cold water & wet towels. In some cases the pain may persist or a rash may appear. If this happens then speak to one of the Lifeguards or seek medical attention.