Sunderland lifeguards save two from the sea

Brave lifeguard Amy Templeton 17, who took part in a rescue. She is seen here on the beach at Roker
Brave lifeguard Amy Templeton 17, who took part in a rescue. She is seen here on the beach at Roker
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LIFEGUARDS sprang into action to carry out two rescues off the coast.

The RNLI today issued a safety warning after its team on Roker beach saved a surfer and a swimmer, who ran into trouble in choppy waters.

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Matthew Ellam, 23, rushed into the sea to help a panic-stricken girl, believed to be about 13, after she was swept off her bodyboard.

And Amy Templeton, 17, from Roker, helped a man suffering from exhaustion after being dragged out to sea.

“There was two to three foot surf at the time and the girl was being swept out to sea,” said Matthew.

“She couldn’t swim and had borrowed the bodyboard to go surfing for the first time. She was about 20 metres out when we got to her, although she was going farther and farther out all the time.

“We could see her just about sat on the waves. I grabbed a rescue tube and brought her back to shore.

“Thankfully, she had no injuries, although the situation had the potential to be a lot worse.”

Amy said the man she rescued had been with a group of friends in the water when he was suddenly dragged out to sea.

“He could not get back. I swam out to rescue him and managed to get him back OK,” she said.

“He was extremely cold and suffering exhaustion.

“We called for an ambulance and he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.”

In Seaburn, meanwhile, lifeguards gave a 10-year-old boy first-aid after he crashed over the handlebars of his bike at a skate park.

After his mother took him to the RNLI beach hut, senior lifeguard Matthew Donaldson administered oxygen to calm the youngster’s breathing before the ambulance arrived.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Ross Lambert warned: “Incidents can happen extremely quickly when you are at the beach.

“However, by choosing a lifeguarded beach and swimming between the red and yellow flags, you can rest assured that trained lifeguards are keeping an eye on your safety.”

RNLI lifeguards were kept busy on both beaches, reuniting a number of missing children with their parents and guardians.

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