Brighton & Hove Gazette
This article appeared in the Brighton & Hove Gazette on 15th August 1975, Felipe’s 24th birthday, after he and two other Lifesavers rescued 5 foreign students off Saltdean beach.
POEM - The Start of Duty of a Brighton & Hove Beach Lifeguard - by Felipe Hewlett (2000)
After his breakfast say of toast, he sits on a deck-chair and fondly faces the French coast.
Owing to much swimming he has a physique to boast. If the weather be clement, he avails his body for the sun to perhaps roast.
However, if he doesn’t do his duty properly, he could be righty admonished in a Coroner's court where his pallor could change to that of a ghost.
Former Bermudan and Saltdean Beach Lifeguard Felipe Motto has always been concerned about the prevention of accidents.
"For folks who perhaps may not know, the following - if seen - are distress signals and the Coastguard in an emergency should be alerted by tel. no. 999.
In an inland waters emergency 999 informs the police.
Felipe is now retired and is a shoreline member of the RNLI. He would like to see a penalty fine introduced "to deter possible unnecessary risking of life and expenditure of persons who have gone to sea with no training, and as a result, alas, have got into trouble (as with illicit drugs or over-intoxication with alcohol.)"
3 famous people Felipe thinks were beach lifeguards:
1. Mr. Ronald Reagan - former president of the USA
2. Big Daddy - the wrestler
3. Mr. Anthony Waiters - Former football goalie for Blackpool and England. Later managed the Pilgrims 'Plymouth Argyle'.
"It's the rear end of the boat he said sternly"
Let us know in the comments below if you know of any famous people who were lifeguards?