RNLI lifeguards rescue teenage swimmer in difficulty on Ingoldmells beach

An RNLI lifeguard looking out onto Ingoldmells beach.
An RNLI lifeguard looking out onto Ingoldmells beach.

The East Lindsey Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards carried out their first rescue at Ingoldmells yesterday (Monday, July 7).

The charity’s lifeguards were approached by the mother of a teenager at around 1pm.

She asked them to assist her daughter who was struggling to return to shore.

The incident occurred just days after the lifeguards started patrolling the beach for the first time over the weekend.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Daniel Cooper and RNLI Lifeguard Area Trainer Scott Davidson had been monitoring the situation and quickly responded.

Daniel swam out to the teenager, who was within the red and yellow swim zone and brought her back to the beach using a rescue tube (a long yellow flexible tube that people can grab onto).

Once safely ashore, she was checked over by the lifeguards and given the all-clear and was also offered some sea safety advice.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Rob Jones, said: “The teenager was swimming in the red and yellow flag zone, which is the safe area to swim in, but I think she just got a little tired. Thankfully after starting their new p”trols on Saturday, our team was on hand to help. It’s great that they were able to assist the girl swiftly and effectively.”

“RNLI lifeguards will be operating daily safety patrols between 10am and 6pm until September 7 at Ingoldmells and will be on hand to offer beach safety advice and extra peace of mind to beach users.”

The team was also kept busy on Friday afternoon (July 4) at Skegness beach, when lifeguards rescued a windsurfer who had got into difficulty 300 metres from the shore.

Senior RNLI Lifeguard Gary Fox swam out to the casualty and brought him back to the beach using his RNLI rescue board, while Senior Lifeguard Callum McQuigan maintained communications with the Coastguard.