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Little and Broad Haven RNLI launch to reports of teenager in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Little and Broad Haven RNLI lifeboat volunteers launched to reports of a teenage swimmer in difficulty off Nolton Haven beach.

The crew of the station's D-class lifeboat Jack & Edith May launched from Broad Haven beach at 8.20pm on Friday (15 July), minutes after their pagers sounded.

They made best speed to Nolton Haven, where the teenager was reported to have got into difficulty while swimming.

The volunteer crew began conducting a search for the teenager but after five minutes were told she had been assisted to the shore by a member of the public and were safely in the hands of the local coastguard team.

The lifeboat returned to station and the crew readied the lifeboat for the next shout.

RNLI lifeguards provide a daily safety service on Nolton Haven beach throughout the summer between 10am and 6pm.

Andy Grey, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Little and Broad Haven RNLI, said: 'We know the sea is inviting for a swim at this time of year but we would advise people to always swim at a lifeguarded beach when the liefguards are on duty between 10am and 6pm. That way there are fully trained lifeguars there to provide safety information and assistance when required.'

Notes to editors:

The attached video shows Little and Broad Haven RNLI launching to reports of a teenager in trouble off Nolton Haven beach.

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