Jul 22


Byline: RNLI lifeguards on Bournemouth beaches are experiencing one of their busiest seasons to date, and it’s not even the summer holidays yet.
Page Content: Across Bournemouth, Poole and Boscombe the charity’s lifeguards have dealt with nearly 200 incidents, since 15 June helping those in trouble both in and out of the water.

The incidents lifeguards have attended have included anything from reuniting missing children with their parents, helping those with weaverfish stings to water based rescues of people jumping from the pier and a thankfully rare rescue of an unconscious man, by a second year lifeguard on a rescue board. 16 ambulances have been called since 15 June, that’s nearly one every other day

Mike Winter, Lifeguard Supervisor for Boscombe said: ‘The start to this year has certainly been a challenge, the early heat-wave unsurprisingly made the beach an appealing place to visit - there have been days so busy you couldn’t see the sand.
‘Whether busy or not, we’d always advise those coming to the beach to respect the water – conditions can be dangerously unpredictable.

‘James a lifeguard at Boscombe beach carried out a particularly brave rescue, something thankfully not many of the RNLI’s lifeguards have had to experience.’
Second year lifeguard James Wheeler, was quick to respond when an unconscious man was spotted in the water. Pulling the man on to his rescue board, thanks to his RNLI training and surf knowledge James skilfully paddled back to shore where he and four other lifeguards (Matt Edgeley, Dan Miller, Alex Poole and Broghan Smith) gave the man CPR before he was taken to hospital in an ambulance. While lifeguards were dealing with this incident, Ben Radford and Scott Harburn stayed in the lifeguard towers to keep watch of the rest of the beach.

Mike continued: ‘Rescues like this are thankfully rare. While the RNLI train lifeguards to deal with any eventuality it doesn’t take anything away from James’ efforts. He did a great job in difficult circumstances. I’m really proud of all our lifeguards who have dealt with a busy start to the season well.’

Notes to editors
• Photo of James Wheeler on a paddleboard attached – more available
• Mike Winter, Lifeguard Supervisor is available for interview

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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 237 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 180 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 139,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

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