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Byline: A mother who collapsed in the street in Norfolk with her two distressed children by her side was helped by an RNLI beach lifeguard who happened to be driving past.
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RNLI lifeguard supervisor Nick Ayers was driving back from Hemsby beach after dropping off equipment to the lifeguards on Monday 24 August when he saw a woman lying across the pavement next to some traffic lights at 4pm.

The woman, in her early 40’s, was crossing the road with her mother and two children when she began to feel dizzy, light headed and then fell to the pavement struggling to breathe.

Nick said: ‘As I drove along the road I saw someone on the floor out of the corner of my eye and immediately pulled over to help.

‘It was clear she needed medical assistance so I called lifeguard Oscar Moore who was patrolling the beach just 200m away, to come over with a medical bag.

‘Oscar and I carried out medical checks and reassured the two children. We found that her oxygen levels were extremely low and she complained that her throat was tightening up. I suspected she may have either had an allergic reaction to a bite or sting, or could have even been in the early stages of cardiac arrest.’

The RNLI lifeguards cared for the woman until paramedics arrived on the scene and took her to hospital for further treatment.

Nick continued; ‘People may think that RNLI lifeguards only attend water rescues and medical incidents on the beach, but we are also trained as first responders for the ambulance so can help with a variety of medical emergencies.’

Lifeguards in Norfolk will be patrolling the following beaches from 10am until 6pm every day until September 6; Cromer, Sheringham East, Sheringham West, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Wells.

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RNLI media contacts
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: A mother who collapsed in the street in Norfolk with her two distressed children by her side was helped by an RNLI beach lifeguard who happened to be driving past.
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RNLI lifeguard supervisor Nick Ayers was driving back from Hemsby beach after dropping off equipment to the lifeguards on Monday 24 August when he saw a woman lying across the pavement next to some traffic lights at 4pm.

The woman, in her early 40’s, was crossing the road with her mother and two children when she began to feel dizzy, light headed and then fell to the pavement struggling to breathe.

Nick said: ‘As I drove along the road I saw someone on the floor out of the corner of my eye and immediately pulled over to help.

‘It was clear she needed medical assistance so I called lifeguard Oscar Moore who was patrolling the beach just 200m away, to come over with a medical bag.

‘Oscar and I carried out medical checks and reassured the two children. We found that her oxygen levels were extremely low and she complained that her throat was tightening up. I suspected she may have either had an allergic reaction to a bite or sting, or could have even been in the early stages of cardiac arrest.’

The RNLI lifeguards cared for the woman until paramedics arrived on the scene and took her to hospital for further treatment.

Nick continued; ‘People may think that RNLI lifeguards only attend water rescues and medical incidents on the beach, but we are also trained as first responders for the ambulance so can help with a variety of medical emergencies.’

Lifeguards in Norfolk will be patrolling the following beaches from 10am until 6pm every day until September 6; Cromer, Sheringham East, Sheringham West, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Wells.

ENDS

RNLI media contacts
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789