Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Lifeguards rescue 30 in one day

16:57 17 August 2012

Archant

RNLI lifeguards at Croyde have one of their busiest days of the summer so far, rescuing 30 from rip tides and dealing with more than 40 incidents.

A HECTIC day for Croyde beach RNLI lifeguards on Tuesday saw them called on to rescue 30 from dangerous rip currents.

Just 25 minutes into their morning patrol the first few rescues took place, assisting several people from a current in the middle of the beach at low tide and this theme continued throughout the day.

Then at about 2.45pm there was a more serious incident as eight people, including four children, were pulled away from the beach by a strong current near rocks at its northern end.

Lifeguards Kathleen Speares, Andrew Cotton, James Vallance and Tom Greenall were straight into the water, using a rescue board, tube and rescue water craft, leaving Russell Harrison and Mark McKellar to continue patrolling the shore.

They were able to reach the casualties and bring them back to shore, where lifeguards set about giving treatment to those who had for inhaled seawater and were in shock.

In total, the patrol dealt with more than 40 incidents, including a suspected spinal injury on the beach to a young girl, aged around 12-years-old, while body boarding. She had walked to the RNLI lifeguard patrol truck, but was suffering from shock and neck pain, so was put on to a spinal board as a precaution and transferred to hospital by South Western Ambulance Service paramedics.

A 59-year-old man also approached lifeguards after he’d stepping on a large fishing hook in the water. The hook was stuck deep into his foot, so lifeguards called for an ambulance and paramedics transferred him to hospital for further treatment.

“The large crowds meant there was plenty of activity for the RNLI lifeguard team and they dealt with the challenges of the day extremely well and in a professional manner,” said Phil Hill, RNLI divisional lifeguard manager.

“Rip currents occur on most beaches around the South West and can be very dangerous; especially for people who have never experienced being caught in one before, as they panic and become exhausted quickly.”

If stuck in a rip:

1. Stay calm and don’t panic.

2. If you can stand, wade but don’t swim.

3. Keep hold of your board or inflatable to help you float.

4. Raise your hand and shout for help.

5. Never try to swim directly against the rip or you’ll become exhausted.

6. Swim parallel to the beach until free of the rip, then make for shore.

7. If you see anyone else in trouble, alert the lifeguards or call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

0 comments

Other News Stories

15:42
Conservative MP Boris Johnson pictured arriving at Chulmleigh Community College this afternoon. Picture: Matt Smart

Pro-Brexit campaigner escapes Westminster after decision not to stand in Tory leadership race

Read more
17:21
Air Extreme preview day in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

North Devon’s first trampoline park opens on Monday (July 4)

Read more
15:26
Barnstaple service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Picture: Tony Gussin

Veterans gather in Rock Park to honour the 100th anniversary of the first day of the horrific World War One engagement

Read more
Yesterday, 16:34
Barnstaple Pets at Home store manager Caris Waitimas and her colleague Steph Melluish with Garry Moore of Devon and Somerset Fire and Resue Service at the handover of the Smokey Paws breathing equipment.
 Picture: Tony Charnock

It is hoped charitable scheme will help save more pets lives

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00
Exquisite Barricane Beach

If you love the beach but can’t stand the summer crowds, check out our guide and head off the beaten track to seven of North Devon’s lesser-known beaches. #LocalsRule

Read more
Yesterday, 13:05
Freezer. Picture: Thinkstock

North Devon Council are asking residents to think about their food waste ahead of Food Safety Week next week.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:46
Chris Grant has restored the mini of former driving instructor John Baglow

The 1997 mini and former car for learner drivers has been given a full restoration by a close friend of the previous owner.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:22
The WASPI demonstrators in London. Picture: Sandra Broadbent

WASPI campaigners follow in the footsteps of the Suffragettes

Read more
Yesterday, 11:15
North Devon Coastwise members carrying out a beach survey

A new Coastal Creatures project has won a £49,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:51
Filleigh Village Hall is aiming at expansion

Fundraising under way to make new room a reality

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications