There is now a full lifeguard service at Summerleaze and Widemouth beaches, but what happens out of hours?
This comes from Bude SLSC:
Well, at 7:45pm yesterday evening as the big swell hit high tide, a body boarder got into serious trouble on Summerleaze Beach as he was swept out to sea next to cross rock.
After taking a sustained battering he was swept onto/in the sea pool.
Enter Bude Surf Life Saving Club: Junior club member, Zack Davis, was at the sea pool with his friends and saw the body boarder wash up next to him. Instantly recognising he was in a position of danger his training kicked in and he began instructing/assisting the casualty to a position of temporary safety on ‘dive rock’.
Zack then reassured the visibly shaken casualty, and was able to ask some vital questions including if he had swallowed any water. All of this with the big waves and sea spray crashing over them.
Meanwhile, Fynn Hulley managed to retrieve the casualty’s body board which had drifted away and Marley May was on hand keeping a lookout for rogue waves.
Zack stayed with the casualty and provided reassurance until further help arrived. Senior club member, Colin Hulley, was alerted by onlookers to the situation; he then took over escorting the casualty back across the sea pool to safety and his concerned friends.
Luckily all the bodyboarder lost was a single swim fin!
As a club we are really proud of our junior members for stepping up putting their training into action and all club members for showing great teamwork during a very testing situation.
Well done indeed to Zack, Fynn and Colin for a rescue which quite likely saved a life.