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RNLI lifeguards on Prestatyn beach treat man after nasty bike fall

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards in Prestatyn raced to help a cyclist after a nasty fall off his bike on the promenade.

The cyclist, a man in his 40s, fell off the bike while riding close to the RNLI beach lifeguard unit at about 10am on Sunday (14 August).

Lifeguards Jordan Murray and Sion Buckley were informed of the incident by members of the public and immediately went to the man’s aid with their trauma bag carrying a range of first aid equipment.
The man had a suspected fractured shoulder and as the lifeguards were unsure as to whether he had also sustained a head injury they followed suspected spinal injury procedures.

A member of the public had already called 999 and requested an ambulance, so Jordan and Sion administered oxygen to the casualty and monitored his condition until paramedics arrived and he was passed over into their care.

Matt Jessop, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘All our lifeguards are fully trained in emergency first aid and carry a range of first aid equipment to assist people in difficulty on or around Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches.

‘Luckily the man was well enough today (Monday 15 August) to come and thank our lifeguards for treating him and we are really grateful to him for doing so.’

It is the first season RNLI lifeguards have been on the beaches of Denbighshire in a new seasonal service run in partnership between the charity that saves lives at sea and Denbighshire County Council. Lifeguards are on Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches every day throughout the summer between 10am and 6pm.

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The attached pictures show RNLI lifeguards Jordan Murray and Sion Buckley. Credit RNLI.

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