A 14-YEAR-OLD girl was helped by off-duty lifeguards who were out on a training exercise.
A group of RNLI guards were taking part in after-hours training when they were called upon to help a sick teenager who was slipping in and out of consciousness.
The girl was with her friends when she became sick on Southsea beach on Tuesday evening as the tide started to rise.
Rogan Wheeldon, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: ‘One of the girl’s friends came over and asked us for help.
‘When we got to the casualty she was slipping in and out of consciousness but was able to tell us she was suffering from severe neck and back pains.
‘We had actually been in the middle of some spinal care first aid training, so we put that into action for real and treated her for spinal injuries.
‘This involved immobilising the girl using a spinal board and she was given oxygen.’
An ambulance was called by the lifeguards as they were caring for the youngster and a paramedic arrived.
Rogan added: ‘We had to make the decision to move the girl because the tide was rising and she was lying close to the water.
‘So we carried her up the beach and continued to care for her until the ambulance arrived to take her to hospital.
‘Our lifeguards are all highly trained in casualty care so she was lucky that 11 of us happened to be training nearby when she fell ill.’