First rescue for new lifeguards at Coldingham

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.

A father and son were the first to be rescued by RNLI lifeguards in Scotland when their sea kayak capsized at around midday on Saturday at Coldingham Sands.

Once the kayak had capsized and it became apparent that the pair was in difficulty, RNLI lifeguard Giordano Ceccarelli responded quickly. Giordano alerted his fellow lifeguard and immediately took to the water on a rescue paddle board.

He picked up the boy first and brought him to shore along with the kayak. He went back for the man and father and son were quickly reunited on the beach.

Talking about the incident afterwards, Giordano said: “It was a successful rescue with no complications. It is very easy to get into difficulty on the water, particularly if you are outside your comfort zone.”

The charity that saves lives at sea only started operating a lifeguard service in Scotland this year. The lifeguards at Coldingham Sands have administered first aid a number times this year already, but this is the first water rescue they carried out.

RNLI lifeguards are stationed on the beach first and foremost as a preventative measure. They are there to help and advise beach and water users in order to prevent incidents unfolding in the first place.

When incidents such as this do happen, the lifeguards are trained and equipped to respond and rescue anyone who is in difficulty.

Lifeguards are patrolling the beach between 10am and 6pm seven days a week until September 8.

The RNLI’s new Beach Finder app enables users to search the UK for lifeguarded beaches and read up on local hazards.

With real-time weather updates from the Met Office it also removes any doubt over whether to pack the umbrella or the sun cream!

The app is available to download for Apple or Android devices at www.rnli.org/beach