‘Have you tried just not going in the sea?’ Asks RNLI director

By Tony Curram

After a series of deaths from drowning, the RNLI has come under heavy criticism for not having already called their lifeguards back from lockdown, so they can sit on already over-crowded beaches and risk contracting COVID 19 while saving someone’s life.

“We’re not yet ready to send our lifeguards back to work,” said RNLI Director Mark Dowie “We’ve still got to work out a safe system of work for our lifeguards to be able to retrieve a person in distress whilst minimising their risk of contracting COVID and then re-train our staff; it’s no small order.”

While most are understanding of the situation and have avoided the beach, or at the very least the water, many Brits have been left in outrage that people have died due to no lifeguards being on the beach. Mrs Lyndsay from Brighton said:

“It’s outrageous! If I want to risk my life on an inflatable that clearly states ‘not suitable for open water’ on the side of it, then I should be safe in the knowledge that theirs a volunteer ready to risk their life coming to save me; it’s the least the RNLI can do!”

Mr Dowle, a surfer said: “Life guards are a front line service that saves lives. Paramedics did not stop for eight weeks to figure out how they can keep their paramedics safe.”

We asked Mr Dowie to give a response, to which he replied:

“I understand the allure of the water, especially after a long time locked up. And I agree lifeguards are a front line service, but unlike the poor soul’s paramedics and other first responders save, you could avoid needing rescuing in the first place by simply not going into the sea. Or just dip your toes in, rather than going out in an inflatable dingy that’s half inflated thinking ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’”

“Death. The worst that could happen is death, even with lifeguards ready to risk their own lives for you.”

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