Very busy weekend for RNLI Lifeguards on South Wales beaches
RNLI Lifeguards saw multiple incidents at Rest Bay and Whitmore Bay over the weekend, with them being involved in rescues, missing children and treating people with injuries and illness.
At Rest Bay, Lifeguards dealt with a casualty with head injuries, helped a four year old with an ongoing illness and a male wit heatstroke.
Whilst at Whitmore Bay, the RNLI team rescued two girls who had drifted out past Nells Point, gave casualty care treatment to a male with chest pains, as well as searching for missing children. The lifeguards also rescued a drowning child who fell from an inflatable in between the red and yellow flags.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Matt Childs said ‘Last weekend saw a very busy period for our Lifeguards. Fortunately working as a team they were able to treat the members of the public with the care they needed as well as saving the lives of the two girls swept out to sea, and the child who had fallen from their inflatable. The lifeguards fast response to rescue the child was helped by the fact that they were in the lifeguarded area. This is why we always recommend you swim between the red and yellow flags.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.