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Lifeguards save two teens at Coldingham

Scotland's first full time lifeguard service operating in Coldingham Bay. L-r, Giordano Ceccanelli, Jamie Lindsay and David Gorman. In background are Eyemouth Lifeboat and St Abbs RNLI.

Scotland's first full time lifeguard service operating in Coldingham Bay. L-r, Giordano Ceccanelli, Jamie Lindsay and David Gorman. In background are Eyemouth Lifeboat and St Abbs RNLI.

Two teenagers were saved by the RNLI lifeguards at Coldingham Bay on Bank Holiday Monday.

Two teenagers were saved by RNLI lifeguards at Coldingham Bay on Bank Holiday Monday.

The lifeguards rescued the pair, a boy and a girl from the Coldingham area, on Monday after they had been swept out to sea.

At around 3.40pm RNLI lifeguards Giordano Ceccarelli and Nick Campbell noticed that the pair were in difficulty.

The girl was slightly further out, so Nick paddled out to her on the rescue board while Giordano swam out to the boy.

Both lifeguards quickly got their charges back to the beach and got them into the lifeguard hut where they were warmed up with hot drinks and blankets.

The teenagers had initially been paddling but found themselves in difficulty when they got caught in a strong rip current and were carried out to sea.

They were both incredibly grateful to the lifeguards and thanked them for saving their lives before leaving the beach.

Talking about the incident afterwards, Giordano said: “We would encourage anyone to come and enjoy the beach and swim in the sea but rip currents like this are difficult to spot.

“So please follow the advice of the lifeguards and always swim between the red and yellow flags.

“Nick and I were really pleased to be able to help and glad to see the pair back on dry land.”

The RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea only started operating a lifeguard service in Scotland last year.

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 will be patrolling Coldingham beach between 10am-6pm, seven days a week, until September 8.

The RNLI has recently launched its new Beach Finder app which helps users search the UK for lifeguarded beaches and read up on local hazards. It also provides real-time weather updates from the Met Office. The app is available to download for Apple or Android devices at www.rnli.org/beach

Summer lifeguards have operated at Coldingham for over a decade, employed by Scottish Borders Council. As the number of visitors to Coldingham Sands increased the council started employing two lifeguards in 2006, providing them with a base and look-out at the beach.

The council entered into a five year contract with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to provide the service, starting last year.

 

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