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RNLI lifeguards recue family cut off by tide off New Quay

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards rescued a family of five and their pet dogs who were stuck on the rocks after being cut off by the tide off Traeth Gwyn, New Quay yesterday afternoon.

RNLI Mechanic Ben Billingham was at the lifeboat station when he spotted the family and their three dogs stuck on the rocks between Traeth Gwyn and the harbour at 3:30pm.  Ben radioed the lifeguard team who immediately went over to investigate.

Lifeguard Rhodri Evans was already on a rescue board patrolling the water; he paddled over to the rocks to assist the family, shortly followed by lifeguard Morgan Williams.  The lifeguards skilfully paddled the rescue boards close to the rocks so that the mother, three children and a dog could climb safely on board and returned to shore.  The father, carrying the family’s second pet dog, waded through the water with the assistance of the lifeguards.

Shortly after the family were returned to shore the lifeguards spotted another group of people trying to wade their way through the water over to the same location.  The group of ten people included children and a baby.  The lifeguards immediately stopped the group from making the journey.     

Sam Trevor RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said:

‘The RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew have assisted numerous groups who have unfortunately found themselves cut off by the tide over the last week.   We urge people to please check the tide times before setting out on the coast.  It’s very easy to go out for a walk on the coast only to find that the sand has disappeared and the tide is coming in.  If you find yourself in this situation please don’t attempt to wade through the water yourself – this can be extremely dangerous.  Instead call 999 and ask for the Coastguard who will task either the lifeguards or the lifeboat crew to come out and help.’

RNLI lifeguards will be providing a daily safety service on 39 of Wales’ busiest beaches over the summer holidays.  The charity’s lifeguards already provide a daily safety service on New Quay and Llangrannog beaches.


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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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