A busy Saturday for RNLI Lifeguards on Swansea beaches

Lifeguards News Release

Swansea RNLI lifeguards worked with coastguards and the ambulance services on Saturday 22 June after two members of the public found themselves in difficulty.

Medical evacuation helicopter arriving on Aberavon beach.

RNLI/Adam Chial

Medical evacuation helicopter arriving on Aberavon beach.

The lovely warm weather on Saturday attracted lots of visitors to Swansea’s beautiful coast. RNLI lifeguards attended two different land based incidents on the coastline as members of the public found themselves in trouble. Each incident proved the efficiency of multiple agencies working together, and the importance of the lifeguard’s intense first aid training.

RNLI lifeguard Kieran Hennah responded to an incident on the morning of Saturday 22 June near Brandy Cove in Caswell Bay. A woman had injured her hip and was attended to on the cliffs overlooking Caswell Bay. Lifeguard Kieran Hennah was assisted by the coastguard and the ambulance service. The rescue of the woman took about an hour and a half, with the various emergency services working together to ensure she was safe.

Swansea lifeguards Adam Chial and Hamish Addey were called out later on Saturday to another incident at Aberavon, after a 68 year old woman had fallen from the promenade onto the rocks below. The lifeguards arrived at the incident at around 4:15pm and tended to the patients head injury alongside coastguards from Port Talbot and Porthcawl and the local ambulance. The size and shape of the rocks meant that the woman was in a difficult position, and a medical evacuation helicopter was called to the location. However, after further assessment of the locations the woman was taken in the land ambulance instead, at around 5:50pm.

RNLI lifeguards are trained to respond quickly and efficiently to incidents at lifeguarded locations on the coastline. RNLI lifeguards patrol over 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands each summer and are there to advise, supervise and rescue people.

Notes to editors

The attached photo was taken on Aberavon beach- Credit Lifeguard Adam Chial.

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