RNLI Lifeguards' warning ahead of Easter return

RNLI boat
The RNLI in Porthcawl, South Wales Credit: PA

RNLI lifeguards return to their posts around Wales this Easter weekend and have reminded beach-goers to be aware of the dangers.

From 10am the charity's lifeguards will be present at Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot, Whitmore Bay in Barry Island and Tenby South beach to offer advice and assistance to beach-goers.

All three beaches kept the lifeguards extremely busy in 2013.

Whitmore Bay was the busiest Welsh RNLI lifeguarded beach for the second year running as the lifeguards responded to 221 incidents and assisted 236 people.

"RNLI lifeguards are trained to respond to a range of incidents both on the beach and in the water," said Stuart Thompson, South Wales RNLI Lifeguard Manager.

"We work with the Ambulance Service as First Responders to deal with minor and major first aid incidents, rescue people from rip currents as well as assisting other emergency services to help search for missing children.

"It was great to see thousands of people enjoy the hot weather on Welsh beaches last summer and hopefully we'll see more of the sun again this year.

"When enjoying the coast we advise people to try and visit a lifeguarded beach and to always swim or bodyboard between the red and yellow flags - this is the area that's patrolled by the lifeguards.

"If you get into trouble raise your hand and shout for help; or if you see someone else in danger please don't try and attempt the rescue yourself - tell a lifeguard or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

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