Elliot Cron, 6, and Angus Cron, 9, of Bridport, show their paddle power. Picture: WILL SWANBRIDPORT Surf Life Saving Club yesterday held its first Swim The Pier race of the season.
Club captain Paul Hawkins said that about a dozen people entered the 11am swim, which will be repeated at 11am each Saturday until the season closed in March.
“We also performed our first rescue of the season, on Friday,” Hawkins said.
“There was a bloke off Old Pier Beach who seemed to be paddling a bit and then resting, but not getting anywhere – he’d been out there about four hours and was burned to a crisp.
“We towed him back to shore.
“But even that wasn’t our first incident of the season – at one of the school trips coming up to the end of the year, a young girl dropped dead because her heart just stopped.
“Our patrol member performed compressions while the teacher performed EAR and brought her back before the ambulance arrived.”
Hawkins said that the club would hold a Nippers’ training session for children aged 7 to 13 today, 11am-12.30pm, followed by senior and bronze medallion training until 3pm.
The Old Pier was yesterday a hive of activity as holidaymakers sought sanctuary in the refreshing waters as the temperature headed towards a top of 22 degrees.
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