Child airlifted off Formby beach after dramatic water rescue

18th June 2017

Child airlifted off Formby beach after dramatic water rescue.

An eight-year-old girl was airlifted from Lifeboat Road Formby beach this evening after getting into trouble in the water (Sunday 18 June).

RNLI lifeguards assist in multi-agency call at Formby beach

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards took part in a multi-agency operation yesterday (Sunday 18 June)  to assist a lady who had got into difficulty at Formby beach.

At around 4.55pm the charity’s lifeguards responded to reports that a women was struggling in the sea outside of the RNLI’s red and yellow flags (the lifeguarded area and safest place to swim).

RNLI lifeguard Kieran Leith quickly attended the scene and found that the casualty had a high breathing rate and was drifting in and out of consciousness.

Thankfully a member of the public, who was already at the scene, had helped the lady out of the water. Kieran then worked with members of Southport Rescue to move her further away from the tideline to safety.

Fellow RNLI lifeguard Jack Barwise arrived to administer oxygen and the team kept her in a stable condition until the paramedics arrived. She was then taken to hospital by Air Ambulance.

The woman’s two children who were also at the beach were given a casualty care check and received the all-clear.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Richard Goodacre said: ‘The beach was very busy yesterday as the sweltering temperatures meant that everyone had flocked to the seaside.

‘We worked closely with Southport Rescue, paramedics and the Coastguard to ensure that the woman received swift and effective casualty care treatment.

‘We’d always advise people to visit a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags. Our lifeguards were pleased to be able to assist during the multi-agency call and we wish the lady a speedy recovery.

The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 220 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 over 141,500 lives.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736).


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