Busy beginning of July for South Pembrokeshire RNLI Lifeguards
The South Pembrokeshire RNLI Lifeguards have had a busy beginning of July with a number of rescues taking place.
On Saturday 30th June Lifeguard Olwen Davies rescued a child that was cut off by the tide and could not swim from a rock near a cave on Tenby Castle beach.
On Sunday 1st July Lifeguard Liam Fitzpatrick-Smith assisted 2 male and 1 female who had drifted to far out to sea on Amroth Beach. All persons were unharmed and grateful of the service.
At 17.50 on Sunday 8th of July Pendine Sands Lifeguards observed an inflatable containing a child who appeared to be in a distressed state 180m off the beach. Senior Lifeguard Amy Morgan immediately entered the water on a rescue board and paddled to the casualty. Meanwhile the casualties sister entered the water and began swimming out to sea as well. At this point Lifeguard Billy Truman entered the water on a second rescue board to assist the second swimmer. Both swimmers were reached by the Lifeguards and after calming down were returned to shore on the boards. Lifeguard Ffion Davies co-ordinated the rescue from the Beach Unit maintaining communications and keeping other beach users safe. All casualties were unharmed and after returning to shore were very grateful to the lifeguards. They kindly made a cash donation to the RNLI which can only continue to provide a service save lives at sea through donations and legacies.
Lifeguard Supervisor Oliver Davies-Scourfield said “Over the 4 weeks of Lifeguard service this season, our 7 South Pembrokeshire beaches have dealt with 18 First Aid and Rescue incidents. The weather has been unprecedentedly hot meaning beach user numbers have been very high for this time of year. I would encourage beach users to look for a Lifeguarded Beach in the area so they can enjoy this beautiful coastline in safety. When on the beach we recommend that you swim between the Red and Yellow flags and respect the advice given to you by RNLI Lifeguards.”
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.