Asthma attack swimmer saved by lifeguards

PUBLISHED: 11:58 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:58 17 July 2013




Exmouth's RNLI lifeguards had to deal with a major first aid incident last Friday - when a woman suffered a severe asthma attack while swimming.

The swimmer was spotted by RNLI lifeguard Chris Clarke, who responded to the situation then called for assistance from RNLI lifeguard Mike Wafer.

The lifeguards provided oxygen and kept the woman under observation, until she had recovered sufficiently to carry on with her day.

With 10,000 people reported to have been on Exmouth beach over the weekend, the lifeguards had a busy few days – both in the water, preventing people from getting caught in the current running down the channel, and on the sand, where they helped with first aid incidents and finding lost


RNLI lifeguard manager Simon Crayfourd said: “The RNLI lifeguards are enjoying the weather as much as everyone and it’s great to see the beaches busy with people enjoying themselves.

“The charity’s lifeguards are there to ensure everyone goes home at the end of the day safe and well and the variety of incidents they have been dealing with over the last few days just illustrate what an essential service they provide for beachgoers.”

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