Busy time for Coldingham’s RNLI lifeguards

Scotland's first full time lifeguard service operating in Coldingham Bay. Jamie Lindsay from Hutton.
Scotland's first full time lifeguard service operating in Coldingham Bay. Jamie Lindsay from Hutton.

Over the weekend lifeguards at Coldingham Bay rescued a teenager from a rip current; reunited a kayaker with his kayak and in half an hour responded to no less than five first aid incidents.

The teenager had been out surfing when he found that he was being carried out to sea by a strong rip current on Monday morning. He called for help and the two lifeguards on the beach, Giordano Ceccarelli and Tom Ellam, immediately went to his assistance.

The lifeguards returned the surfer and his board to the beach where he was reunited with his mother and sister. He didn’t require any medical attention and all seemed well when the lifeguards checked in with the family as they left the beach.

This incident was just one of many attended by the lifeguards over the weekend between 4.30 and 5pm on Monday they dealt with five separate first aid incidents on the beach.

On Sunday Giordano assisted a kayaker who had become separated from his kayak whilst surfing. Giordano was already patrolling on his rescue board so he was able to paddle over and re-unite the man with his kayak. The grateful kayak surfer later visited the lifeguard hut to thank Giordano for his assistance.