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RNLI lifeguards rescue two boys from rip current in big surf at Newgale

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards rescued two boys from a rip current in big surf at Newgale beach.

The two boys, who were about 12 years old, were swimming outside the red and yellow flagged safe swimming area and had been swept further from the beach in the outward flowing rip current.

Lifeguards Moritz Neumann and Alex Alderwick saw the two boys about 50m out and when it became apparent they were unable to return to shore by themselves they immediately raced to their assistance.
The surf further out to sea was around 6ft and both Moritz and Alex paddled out through the white-water to reach the two boys.

One boy was taken onto either rescue board and Moritz and Alex negotiated the big waves to safely bring them back to the beach where they were checked over for any injuries.

They were not in need of any further treatment so were reunited with their families.

Scott Candler, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘Our advice to anyone swimming at an RNLI lifeguarded beach is to always swim between the red and yellow flags, which is the part of the beach designated as the safest swimming area by the charity’s fully trained lifeguards.

‘Anyone who does find themselves caught in a rip should try not to panic and try to keep your head above water. If you can put your feet down and stand, do so. Raise your hand to attract attention and call loudly for help.’

RNLI lifeguards will be on daily duty on Newgale beach every day throughout the summer holidays between 10am and 6pm, with three lifeguard teams will be at beach lifeguard units at the south, central and north of the beach. The charity’s lifeguards will also be on Poppit, Newport, Whitesands, Nolton Haven, Broad Haven, Freshwater West, Tenby North, Tenby Castle, Tenby South, Saundersfoot, Amroth and Pendine beaches throughout the summer between 10am and 6pm.

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The attached picture shows RNLI lifeguards Moritz Neumann and Alex Alderwick at  Newgale beach. Credit RNLI

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