Busy day for Whitesands RNLI Lifeguards
The RNLI Lifeguards at Whitesands beach were kept busy in the good weather yesterday (26th July), responding to a number of incidents.
The first incident the lifeguards were made aware of was a family BBQ that had set fire to marram grass, the lifeguards requested the Fire Service to attend.
The lifeguards were then informed by a member of the public that their friend had injured their should whilst kayaking. Lifeguards Mortiz, Mylo, and Dylan went to his aid where they found the gentleman was in severe pain. After carrying out all their checks, the lifeguards were able to use a beach wheelchair to bring the gentleman to the clubhouse and administered pain relief gas. Lifeguard Luke liaised with the Ambulance and Coastguard for medical assistance. The Wales Air Ambulance was tasked, and St Davids coastguard team arrived on scene to manage a landing site. Wales Air Ambulance were stood down when the ambulance was on scene.
The decision was made to extend the patrol from 6pm to due to the large numbers of people, and the risk posed by rip currents during high tide. As the lifeguards were preparing to leave, they spotted 2 people that were caught in a rip current. Lifeguard Mylo took a rescue board and rescued both and returned them to shore with no further assistance required. At the same time a member of the public reported to the Lifeguards that her child was missing and had been bodyboarding. Lifeguard Mylo entered the water again to perform an initial search and the child was found safe and well with no further assistance required.
Sam Trevor RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said: The Lifeguards on duty had their work cut out yesterday and I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and skill they displayed. This highlights why it is important that, if you are visiting the beach, please go to one patrolled by 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 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.