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Surfer rescued by Porthcawl RNLI team

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards and Porthcawl lifeboat crew rescued a learner surfer who was caught in a rip current off Rest Bay on Sunday afternoon.

At 1:20pm RNLI lifeguards spotted a learner surfer caught in a rip current and drifting across the beach in strong winds off Rest Bay. RNLI lifeguards tried to warn the surfer of the danger by advising him to return to shore using the 4x4 PA system.  Unfortunately due to the tricky conditions the surfer was unable to paddle back to the Black and White flagged area and continued to drift further towards the rock. 

RNLI lifeguard and Rest Bay Surf Club member, Ioan Bluck entered the water and paddled over to the struggling surfer.  As Ioan was securing the surfer on the rescue board, his colleague Lewis Evans had alerted the Coastguard who requested the launch of Porthcawl lifeboat. 

Both Ioan and the surfer were picked up by Porthcawl lifeboat volunteers and taken through the surf safely back to shore. 

RNLI lifeguards provide a daily safety service on four Porthcawl beaches from 10am-6pm throughout the summer holidays.

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