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Little girl praised for her quick thinking by RNLI lifeguards

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards were approached by a six year old girl on Tenby’s South beach yesterday; initially the lifeguards thought she was going to ask for an RNLI flag but the little girl had a much more serious message.

The little girl informed the lifeguards shortly after 4pm that a lady wasn’t well on the beach and asked if they could go and help her.  The lifeguards headed towards the direction where she pointed and found a woman in her 50s that had collapsed and was extremely confused and disorientated.

The lifeguards started to reassure the woman and tried to assess her wounds as they waited for the ambulance and police to arrive.  As they assessed her, the lifeguards found a medical card which included her information and family contact details.  Her family, who were also on the beach, were immediately called and arrived shortly after the police and paramedics.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Adam Pitman, praised the little girl for her quick thinking:

‘I would like to thank the little girl who came over to the lifeguards’ yesterday afternoon. The lifeguards’ main focus is in and around the red and yellow flags so we depend on members of the public to inform us if anyone needs help on another area of the beach.  

‘It was also a great help for the lifeguards that the woman carried a medical card with medical information and family contact details on her.  This helped guide the lifeguards in providing the right treatment as they waited for further help to arrive.’

RNLI lifeguards provide a daily safety service on three of Tenby’s busiest beaches – Tenby South, Tenby Castle and Tenby’s North beach throughout the summer season.

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