Seaford Lifeguards have a busy weekend

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EVERYTHING from a car accident to missing swimmers was the order of the hot, summer weekend for Seaford Lifeguards as temperatures hit 26 degrees.

On Saturday May 26 at about 1pm two members of the team gave medical care to two people involved in a car accident on the beach.

Then, at 5.10pm, a concerned woman said her partner was in difficulty in the sea and the inshore rescue boat was launched.

It turned out that he was completely fine and the crew were stood down.

On the way back the rescue boat was sent to an inflatable 50 metres off the beach but the man on board had made his way back in before they arrived.

At 5.45pm the boat launched again to an inflatable 200 metres out, taking on water.

They helped the man on board, who told the crew he thought he would be fine to ignore all the no inflatable signs and would not get into trouble.

He was taken back to shore, given safety advice about the dangers of inflatables and warned if it had been 15 minutes later, after the crew packed up for the day, there could have been a different outcome.

As the crew were finishing for the day there was an urgent call from the Coastguard asking for help looking for a missing kayaker who had been due back an hour earlier.

The rescue boat went out towards Cuckmere Haven while the rest of the team performed a beach search.

Half an hour later, the Coastguard phoned and confirmed the kayaker was safe and well and no longer needed assistance.

The lifeguards were busy on the beach on Sunday (May 27) carrying out lots of preventative actions and giving first aid for cuts. Visit their website http://seafordlifeguards.org/