According to a report in the Crosby Herald, the lifeguarding teams patrolling beaches in Sefton had a very busy time of it last Easter weekend, administering first aid and generally keeping people safe.
Due to the good weather, thousands flocked to UK beaches to soak up the sun and enjoy water-based activities. However, this inevitable led to accidents, some of which could have been fatal.
For example, over in Ainsdale-on-Sea (near Southport), lifeguard Ben Johnson used his initiative and his first aid training to save the life of a kite surfer who got into trouble and was nearly dragged out to sea. Lifeguard teams also administered first aid to more than twenty people over the weekend, as well as reuniting lost children and stopping people being cut off by approaching tides.
The work of the RNLI lifeguards and Sefton Council Rangers last weekend emphasises the importance of first aid training in a huge range of circumstances and different situations, whether at the beach, at work or even in the home.
Peter Rooney, a lifeguard supervisor for Sefton, offered some final words of advice for UK holidaymakers, saying:
“I’d urge anyone travelling to the coast to visit the lifeguarded beaches and seek out the lifeguards to gain vital local knowledge, including tide times and any potential hazards to avoid.”