Family and pet dog rescued by Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeguards
A family of four and a dog were rescued by RNLI lifeguards after they got cut off by the tide at a Pembrokeshire beach.
RNLI lifeguards on the beach were just in the process of packing up their equipment for the end of their daily service when a local fisherman reported seeing the family cut off roughly a mile south of the Beach Lifeguard Unit at Newgale South.
Due to the position of the family, lifeguards immediately radioed colleagues up the beach at the Newgale Central Beach Lifeguard Unit to respond with their Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB).
Crewed by RNLI lifeguard Morgan Edmunds and helmed by RNLI senior lifeguard Sam Ellison the boat was launched minutes later and made best speed to the stranded family. When the charity’s lifeguards arrived the family were backed up onto pebbles and trapped by the quickly rising tide with no way of getting to safety.
Sam brought the boat close in to shore and negotiated the small swell to bring the two adults, two children and the dog ashore and return them back to the safety of the main beach.
Scott Candler, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘The lifeguards on the inshore rescue boat crew showed great skill in bringing the boat close to shore so they could evacuate the family and the dog from their position and return them to safety.
‘This incident highlights the importance of always checking the tide times before venturing out to walk in coastal areas. We also encourage people to always carry a working means of communication and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they get into difficulty.’
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Attached is a video of the rescue. Credit: RNLI
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