Lifeguards in double rescue

Choppy seas in the South Bay
Choppy seas in the South Bay

RNLI lifeguards in Scarborough went to the aid of two people in very different circumstances.

A kayaker who got into difficulties while fishing was rescued by RNLI lifeguards based in North Bay on Friday afternoon.

The incident unfolded when a man on a jetski informed lifeguards Chris Ireland and Alex Marcos of a kayaker in trouble about 400 metres offshore.

The duo responded on the charity’s Rescue Watercraft, “Brian Woodward”, and found the man to be suffering from severe hypothermia. They recovered him onto the sled towed by the Rescue Watercraft and returned him to shore where they carried out first aid checks and called for paramedics.

Mr Ireland, who returned to the water and towed the man’s kayak back to shore, said the casualty had sustained tendon damage and was also suffering from exhaustion.

He said: “It really is important to make sure you’re using the correct equipment if you’re planning to be out at sea for a while. Keeping warm is incredibly important and wearing a decent wetsuit is always a very good investment to prevent hypothermia from setting in.”

On Sunday afternoon, lifeguards based on South Bay were alerted to an injured woman near the Clock Tower café by HM Coastguard.

Lifeguard Supervisor Helen Peterson attended the scene in the lifeguard truck, with colleagues Tim Machon and Jack Perry, where they found a 26-year-old woman had fallen approximately eight feet from the promenade wall, seriously injuring her ankle.

With the tide on its way in, the lifeguards loaded the casualty onto a spinal board, administered oxygen and recovered her further up the beach to where paramedics were waiting to transfer her to hospital.

Helen said: “The woman was in a lot of pain and we are just pleased we were able to help her out and try to relieve her discomfort before transferring her care to paramedics. We hope she makes a full recovery.”

The RNLI’s volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service. The charity operates more than 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 150 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 more than 139,000 lives.