Michael’s lifesaving mission to US

A Letterkenny life-saver has taken part in one of America’s toughest lifeguard schools as part of a new TV show.

A Letterkenny life-saver has taken part in one of America’s toughest lifeguard schools as part of a new TV show.

16-year-old Micheal Boyce from Letterkenny took part in the gruelling training regime of Florida’s lifeguards for the RTE show “Mission Beach”.

Mission Beach sees eight Irish 16-year-old guys and girls take the challenge to train for three weeks at the Fort Lauderdale Junior Lifeguard Programme. Michael is a competitive swimmer, and the shows producers say he “wants to carve a top place for himself amongst the American competition from the off”.

Described as “a torpedo in the water” he trains at least two hours a day in Ireland which helped win medals nationally. His ambition is to become a fully qualified lifeguard and viewers can tune in to see if he is successful. With just three weeks to qualify it’s a gruelling course, headed by lifeguard veteran and task master, Coach Chris who puts the new recruits through their paces. The show will be screened on RTÉ Two each Friday at 5.30pm