Sunbather collapses on Sunderland beach

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A WOMAN is recovering after collapsing from suspected heat stroke during the heatwave.

Lifeguards came to the rescue of the woman after a member of the public alerted them as they took part in their training at Seaburn beach.

They carried out first aid and gave the woman oxygen before she was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital to be checked over by medics.

Gavin Hughes, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “All of our lifeguards have spent the last month undergoing intensive training and refreshing their life-saving skills ahead of starting their daily safety patrols next Friday.

“We were glad to be on the beach today to be able to help the lady and to keep her stable until the ambulance arrived.”

When the woman collapsed during Friday’s midday heat, the lifeguards were on beach training and delivering supplies and kit to their mobile lifeguard units, ahead of the start of their daily beach patrols on Friday.

The RNLI are urging sunseekers to drink plenty of water, put on a T-shirt, a hat and sunscreen.

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