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RNLI lifeguard rescued boy who took refuge from swell on rock at Llangrannog

Lifeguards News Release

A teenage boy who took refuge form swell by clambering onto a rock at Llangrannog beach was brought to safety by an RNLI lifeguard.

A stock photo of an RNLI lifeguard in action


A stock photo of an RNLI lifeguard in action

The teenager got into difficulty in the three foot swell as he tried to paddle from Llangrannog beach round to Second Bay on his bodyboard.

The tide was high and the swells meant the boy had to take refuge by climbing up onto on Bica rock, roughly 30 metres from shore.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Michael Vincent, who was providing support to the Llangrannog lifeguard team, spotted the boy and by the time he paddled out to him on surf rescue board he was already on Bica rock.

Michael encouraged the boy to re-enter the water, got him onto the surf rescue board and paddled the him back out through the surf over to Second Bay, where his relieved family were waiting for him.

Michael said: ‘It is easy to get caught out at Llangrannog when there is a decent sized swell and we would encouraged people to always swim and bodyboard between the red and yellow flags, which is the area identified by our lifeguards as the safest area to swim. If you swim between the flags you will know our fully trained lifeguards will be there watching over you.’

RNLI lifeguards will be on duty everyday on Llangrannog and New Quay beaches until Sunday September 3.

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Attached is a stock photo of an RNLI lifeguard in action. Credit RNLI

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