2 Gilford lifeguards spot & assist distressed swimmer

GILFORD — Lifeguards Drew Bos and Rachel Cappello used team work and training last week at Gilford Town Beach to assist a child who tired while swimming to the raft.
Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene said Cappello was on the beach and spotted the child struggling to swim to the raft. She radioed Bos who was just leaving the raft and getting on his board to come ashore.
Bos was able to reach the child and bring him to shore.
"Preventative life-guarding is what we do," Greene said. He said lifeguards are trained to spot distressed swimmers and assist them before they start going under the water and it usually happens when children tire while swimming to and from the raft — especially when the water is choppy.
"We typically do three to 10 of these a season," Greene said.
Bos is a recent college graduate and in his first year with Gilford. Cappello just graduated from Gilford High School and is in her third season as a lifeguard.
Greene said Gilford has a total of 15 lifeguards who typically work in shifts of seven. He said the team is one beach manager and six lifeguards who rotate throughout the day. Swimming lessons are given in morning.
Once people start swimming to the raft he said one lifeguard is posted to it.
Gilford Beach hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Greene said there is active life-guarding from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. He said there is a guard available and on site from 7 to 9 p.m. if there a people in the water.