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Day 9 - Baywatch!

Greg James | 13:19 UK time, Thursday, 30 July 2009

I've come to expect the ridiculous from this tour so far.  From shovelling cow mess, to drinking tomato and egg smoothies, it's all been weird, but a lot of fun.  I'd like to also add 'getting rescued from the North Sea' to that list.  Today it was all about Thom and the rest of the RNLI lifeguards at Seaburn beach.  Thom is 20, and works as a lifeguard during the summer as a break from his job as a marine engineer.  He does this from May to September and absolutely loves it - as do they all.  A really nice bunch of lads doing a really fun, chilled out job - well, in between the emergencies that is.

I woke up in Hull today after the Moyles Karaoke night last night, did my show and drove straight to the North East - Sunderland to be precise and to Seaburn Beach.  I'm very fond of the North East, and the coastline is beautiful and thankfully the weather was gorgeous today, unlike every other day!

Listen to the show here (audio available until 6 August)

So, I was a busy boy today and they got me to do a bit of beach training first up - a 200m dash.  I almost died.  Then I did a little safety announcement to the paddlers over the beach buggy tannoy - what is it with me and microphones? Add to this a wacky Baywatch style photoshoot which I did for the local paper and it turned in to a very eventful day.

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The big challenge set by Jo Whiley was to get rescued by Thom 60 metres out to sea!  So, I donned my very tight wet suit and dived in, pretended to be drowning and was rescued very swiftly and professionally by Thom.  A radio first perhaps?  My first broadcast whilst drowning...

So, it's now on to Scotland for the final leg of the tour...

Anyway, here are some photos of the day:

Thom and Me

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Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    No video of you drowning yet? I'll be waiting patiently... :)))

  • Comment number 2.

    Hey hey
    lol it was very funny watching you 'drown' from afar i got a pic just as u got o the yellow life broad thing-that lil camera of mine has a mighty zoom....;)
    It was great meeting you, Niel and Alex with his odd chocolate story during which i didnt know where to look lol
    Thank you very much for sign my odd cartoons and book :) and just taking the time to chat to me and my friend really :) you are even more my.....you remember what i said lol im not putting it on the internet for everyone to see ;)

 

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