Teenage boy rescued by lifeguards

RNLI lifeguards Matthew Dunn and Liam Hogg.

RNLI lifeguards Matthew Dunn and Liam Hogg.

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Lifeguards helped save a teenager who collapsed on a beach.

The teenage boy had been among a group of 20 on Tynemouth Longsands north beach when he collapsed near the water’s edge at around 4.20pm on Monday, August 3.

One of his friends alerted Royal National Lifeguard Institution (RNLI) lifeguards who were on patrol on the beach.

Lifeguards Matthew Dunn and Louis Thomas-Hudson were quickly on scene with their medical trauma bag and rescue equipment to treat the 14-year-old.

They found the youngster was cold, pale and struggling to talk, moving him away from the water’s edge and giving him some oxygen.

The duo were then joined by fellow lifeguards Liam Hogg and Jordon McCartney, who had been on the southern end of the beach.

As the team suspected that the teenager was suffering from hypothermia, they placed a thermal hood on his head and wrapped him in a wind-proof blanket.

RNLI lifeguards Eve Jones and Tom Steedman from nearby Cullercoats beach then attended with extra blankets and oxygen.

The boy was drifting in and out of consciousness and the team kept him comfortable and warm before handing him over to paramedics.

He was then taken to hospital for further treatment and has now returned home.

Sean Mills, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “The lifeguards demonstrated seamless team work on Monday afternoon and performed vital first aid on the teenager.

“This swift treatment prevented the possible effects of hypothermia and without such intervention the situation could have been far worse.

“We would always advise people to swim at a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags and we’re always happy to offer friendly safety advice on sea conditions and tide times.”

The RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign offers vital information on how to stay safe at the coast, visit www.respectthewater.org