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RNLI lifeguards and emergency service partners treat boy who slipped down cliff

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards were involved in a multi-agency emergency response after a teenage boy slipped down a cliff at a Ceredigion beach.

An RNLI lifeguard and the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter during the incident

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An RNLI lifeguard and the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter during the incident

The charity’s lifeguards on Tresaith beach responded to neighbouring Penbryn beach after hearing a call to the UK Coastguard over their radio at about 1pm on Wednesday (28 June).

The alarm had been raised by a member of the public after a teenage boy slipped around 30ft down a cliff and sustained injuries.

He was one of three teenagers – two boys and a girl – who had climbed up the cliff in wet conditions. The others two youngsters were stuck around 30ft up and were also in need of assistance.

RNLI lifeguards Phil Blackwood and Daf Nicholls carried first aid equipment over from Tresaith and were the first emergency responders on the scene. They found the boy, who had a suspected fractured elbow, a swollen leg and grazes from his fall, at the top of the beach. After calling for ambulance and other support, Daf carried out initial condition assessments, treated his grazes and administered oxygen while Phil updated the Coastguard on the situation with the other two teenagers stuck on the cliff.

The Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the scene and local Coastguard Search and Rescue Team members and police also arrived.

A short time later the helicopter arrived and winched the other boy and girl from the cliff one by one and returned them to the safety of the beach.

Meanwhile lifeguards, Coastguard Rescue Team members and police made the injured boy comfortable and monitored his condition until the paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

Sam Bailey, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘We were glad to be able to assist the injured boy and we wish him full and speedy recovery.

‘We conduct regular joint training with our emergency service partners and that comes into its own during multi-agency responses such as this.’

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows an RNLI lifeguard and the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter during the incident (credit RNLI).

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For more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265 496 or 01745 585162 or by email on Chris_Cousens@RNLI.org.uk.

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