Senior Lifeguard Alex Wake

After losing a dear friend to the sea, Senior RNLI Lifeguard Alex Wake explains why he never underestimates the power of the water.
RNLI Senior Lifeguard Alex Wake explains why he respects the water

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

RNLI Senior Lifeguard Alex Wake explains why he respects the water

'In 2013, a great friend of mine, Jacob Cockle, lost his life in the ocean trying to capture images from the inside of a whirlpool.

'He was one of the most experienced watermen I have met, a great bodyboarder and surf photographer.

‘He had the utmost respect for the sea and its unforgiving powers.

'His legacy should be a reminder to myself, my friends and everyone else that the ocean is a powerful beast that shouldn't be taken for granted.’

The water should be massively respected by everyone – however experienced or inexperienced you are.


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