Warnings after tragic death at sea in Whitby
10:27am 26th August 2010
(Updated 4:10pm 26th August 2010)
After the death of a teenager in the sea at Whitby, Humber's Coastguard are warning of the dangers of rip currents and inflatables.
RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew based at Whitby recovered two people caught in a rip current yesterday
It's believed the casualties, a male and female in their late teens, had been using an inflatable dinghy close to Whitby's West Pier when they got into trouble.
The male was later declared dead after being taken to hospital.
RNLI lifeguards noticed the pair in difficulty in the water.
Lifeguard Josh Jones reached the water's edge on a quad bike and entered the water, reaching the girl first and securing her with a rescue tube to aid flotation.
He then proceeded further out to the male while his fellow lifeguard Megan Ellis returned the girl to shore on a rescue board.
Josh reached the male casualty, who was unconscious, and kept him afloat until the inshore lifeboat crew reached them and recovered them both into the lifeboat.
Lifeboat volunteer Hugh Ramsden administered CPR to the casualty in the lifeboat. Once they arrived back at the lifeboat station, RNLI crew members Mike Russell and Nick Botham continued with CPR until a rescue helicopter arrived and transferred him to hospital.
Hugh said: 'Josh was keeping the male afloat with his rescue tube, helping him until we arrived and got them both in the lifeboat, where I administered CPR to the casualty. Mike and Nick then continued with CPR for some time until the helicopter arrived. Sadly, despite everyone's best efforts, we were not able to help him. On behalf of everyone at the RNLI, I'd like to send our condolences to his friends and family at this very sad time. '
It is thought the male had managed to pull himself to safety using the ladder on the pier wall but had returned to the water to help his companion reach safety.
After taking the male casualty to hospital, the helicopter returned to the beach to take the female casualty and another woman who had also been caught in the rip but who managed to make it to shore alone, to Scarborough Hospital for medical attention.
Humber Coastguard says this incident reminds us all of the hidden dangers present when swimming at the beach, and we would urge all members of the public visiting the coast to use lifeguarded beaches where possible, and take note of any signs or flags that show which areas are safe to bathe in.
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