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Seafront Officers save swimmer in trouble off Hove beach

Paul Gustafson September 14, 2017

Brighton and Hove’s Seafront Officers have once again demonstrated their bravery and shown how crucial their role is after rescuing a local resident caught in strong currents  last Sunday, September 10.

Oscar Porras Perrez and Ryan Pook were alerted by one of the beach’s seasonal lifeguards who had seen the man and his partner entering the water on Sunday afternoon despite the fact that there was a red flag in operation.

Mr Porras Perrez swam through the heavy waves and round a hazardous groyne and, with the help of Mr Pook, brought the casualty safely out the water.

The resident received medical treatment once on shore and was then transferred to an ambulance for additional treatment and checks.

This rescue follows two weeks which have seen several major incidents and lives saved.

The city’s Seafront Officers are a vital year round resource for the beaches and waterfront and are supplemented by seasonal lifeguards who work from May to September.  

Commenting on the rescue, a council spokesperson, said: “We urge people to take caution on the seafront, especially when the conditions are rough. Even on a calm day sea currents, undertow or a sudden change in weather can create life threatening hazards without warning.

“Luckily in this case our seafront team were on patrol and their swift actions helped save a life.”

For more information about the City’s  Seafront Officers and how to keep yourself safe at the beach, click here: