Lifeguards in Aberdour assist injured toddler

The lifeguard station at Aberdour Silver Sands
The lifeguard station at Aberdour Silver Sands

RNLI lifeguards in Aberdour moved quickly to assist an 18-month-old tot who suffered a head injury yesterday (Wednesday).

The child fell from a chair in the café on Silver Sands beach yesterday afternoon and injured her head.

RNLI lifeguards on the beach at the time were able to act quickly and stabilise her until the ambulance arrived.

Kayleigh Reid and Lachlan Edwards were stationed on the beach when the accident happened.

They acted quickly, applying a neck brace and cold compress to the girl.

They kept interacting with her until the ambulance turned up and took her into their care at around 1.50pm, 20 minutes after the accident.

Beach lifeguards are trained by the RNLI in casualty care (advanced first aid) as well as water rescue so they are able to deal with medical emergencies on beaches, which are often busy at this time of year.

This year the RNLI lifeguard service in Scotland has been extended to include four beaches in Fife.

RNLI lifeguards in Scotland patrol St Andrews East, Leven, Burntisland and Aberdour Silver Sands.