Aberdour’s lifeguard twins’ deja vu after identical rescues

Sarah Evans
Sarah Evans

Twins tend to have a lot in common, but for a pair of twin lifeguards there was deja vu on the job at Aberdour in recent weeks.

Sarah and David Evans, who are both lifeguards with Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT), conducted identical rescues within a week of each other at Aberdour Silver Sands.

David Evans

David Evans

Sarah regularly patrols the beach, while David is usually stationed in St Andrews.

They were involved in rescuing people who had been enjoying themselves on the beach in the good weather and had drifted out to sea on inflatables.

The twins, who are 18 and live in Dunfermline, have both been lifeguards on the beach for three years and before that were pool lifeguards. The siblings both study at Stirling University.

Sarah told the Press: “We both went to a lifesaving class at Dunfermline High and loved it, so we’ve kept it going.

“When there’s an offshore wind we talk to everyone with inflatables and tell them not go past the standing bays.

“You sometimes worry about a few people, but it’s not often that we have to go in.”

Beach managers, FCCT are reminding those using the Kingdom’s beaches to be aware of warning signs on the sites so twin incidents like Sarah and David’s can be avoided.

Robbie Blyth, beach and coastal officer for FCCT, said: “It is great to see the numbers of people visiting Fife’s beaches, and we would like to seem them continue to enjoy the coast during all of this sunshine.

“At Aberdour Silver Sands alone, for example, we have recorded over 1000 cars on weekends meaning thousands of visitors each day.

“For safety reasons, we would like to ask everyone who visits the beaches to please be aware of the warning signs, listen to the lifeguards and feel free to ask them questions and look out for the orange flags that indicate offshore winds.

“Just a few moments to observe these safety guides can help keep everyone safe and get the most out of their visit to the coast.”

Fife’s lifeguards work seasonally at Silver Sands, Burntisland, Kinghorn Pettycur Bay, St Andrews East and West Sands, Elie Ruby and Harbour beaches and on Leven Beach.