RNLI-lifeguards-pull-four-teenage-girls-from-rip-current-on-Broadstairs-beach

Byline: Four teenage girls were pulled out of a rip current by an RNLI lifeguard at a busy Kent seaside resort when they were spotted struggling to stay afloat at 3pm Sunday 6 September.
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RNLI beach lifeguard Alex Baxter was patrolling the water’s edge at Broadstairs when he noticed four young girls being dragged out of their depth by a rip current.

Alex signalled to fellow lifeguards Cameron Foreman and Dominic Matthews who were already in the water on their rescue boards, to assist the four young girls to safety.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Lucy-Jane Macgowan said: ‘The lifeguards noticed that the girls were weak swimmers so paddled over to them immediately. There were a few waves so it was essential that the lifeguards got them to safety as quickly as possible before they got dragged out even further.’

The lifeguards paddled the girls, who were aged 11-15, back in to shore and they were reunited with their parents with no injuries.

This incident occurred on the last day of the lifeguard season on Broadstairs beach.

Lucy continued: ‘People visiting the beaches outside of the lifeguard season can help keep themselves safe by taking note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, going with a friend or telling someone on the shore where they are going. Always be aware of the conditions and your own capabilities in the water. If you see someone in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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  

Byline: Four teenage girls were pulled out of a rip current by an RNLI lifeguard at a busy Kent seaside resort when they were spotted struggling to stay afloat at 3pm Sunday 6 September.
Page Content:

RNLI beach lifeguard Alex Baxter was patrolling the water’s edge at Broadstairs when he noticed four young girls being dragged out of their depth by a rip current.

Alex signalled to fellow lifeguards Cameron Foreman and Dominic Matthews who were already in the water on their rescue boards, to assist the four young girls to safety.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Lucy-Jane Macgowan said: ‘The lifeguards noticed that the girls were weak swimmers so paddled over to them immediately. There were a few waves so it was essential that the lifeguards got them to safety as quickly as possible before they got dragged out even further.’

The lifeguards paddled the girls, who were aged 11-15, back in to shore and they were reunited with their parents with no injuries.

This incident occurred on the last day of the lifeguard season on Broadstairs beach.

Lucy continued: ‘People visiting the beaches outside of the lifeguard season can help keep themselves safe by taking note of the safety signage at the entrance to the beach, going with a friend or telling someone on the shore where they are going. Always be aware of the conditions and your own capabilities in the water. If you see someone in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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