St Davids RNLI Lifeboat volunteers launch to person in difficulty.

Lifeboats News Release

On 1 June at 3.39pm St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were tasked to Whitesands Beach to a person in difficulty.

RNLI/Ellen Evans

Their D-Class 'Marian and Alan Clayton' was about to launch to help a member of the public in difficulty while trying to retrieve an air bed which had blown into the water.

But a member of the crew who was at the beach was able to help the person to safety.

St Davids Coastguard Team were also on scene.

A station spokesperson said: 'You are now able to travel up to five miles to the beach in Wales, but please take extra care and follow the RNLI's beach safety advice:
  • Keep an eye on your family and stay together
  • Don't use inflatables
  • Check tide times and weather forecasts, and have a plan.
  • In an emergency dial 999 for the Coastguard.'

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