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RNLI lifeguard rescues child struggling to stay above water at Southerndown

Lifeguards News Release

An RNLI lifeguard rescued a young swimmer who was struggling to keep his head above water at a Vale of Glamorgan beach.

A stock photo of an RNLI lifeguard in action


A stock photo of an RNLI lifeguard in action

A group of school children were playing in the water at Southerndown beach at high tide at 10.30am on Wendesday (19 July) when lifeguard Dan Mohamed spotted one boy getting into difficulty.

The boy, 10, had got out of his depth, was beginning to struggle to stay above the surface and started calling for help.

Dan, who was on a water’s edge patrol, spotted the danger and immediately radioed fellow lifeguards Gareth King and Lauren Blake with his intentions before quickly paddling out to the child on a surf rescue board. He pulled the boy onto the board and returned him to safety at the beach, where he offered safety advice to the whole group of children and advised that the boy to seek further medical assistance due to the risk of having inhaled water.

Matt Childs, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘This child did exactly the right thing by alerting the lifeguard by calling for help. As he was swimming in the red and yellow flagged swimming area the lifeguard was able to provide an immediate response to a situation which could have quickly become more serious.

‘With the summer holidays now upon us, I would like to remind everyone going to the coast to choose a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flags. Our lifeguards are there to help and provide safety advice and are always keen to talk to anyone with any queries about water or beach safety.’

Lifeguards will be providing a daily safety service on four Vale of Glamorgan beaches - Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, Llantwit Major beach, Ogmore beach and Southerndown – every day between 10am and 6pm until Sunday 3 September.

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The attached stock RNLI lifeguard picture should be credited RNLI.

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