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RNLI lifeguards from two Porthcawl beaches treat woman in difficulty

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards from two Porthcawl beaches assisted a woman who got into difficulty in shallow water yesterday (Tuesday 16 August).

Lifeguards on Rest Bay were first alerted to the incident at about 3.30pm after the elderly woman was reported to be in trouble half way between the two lifeguarded beaches of Rest Bay and Pink Bay.

Lifeguards Lewis Evans and Lauren Blake from Rest Bay and Dan Mohammed and Tom Davies from Pink Bay went to the woman’s aid carrying a trauma bag with a range of first aid equipment. By the time they arrived on scene, which was roughly half way between the two beaches and around 500m from rest Bay, the woman had been helped out of the water by a member of the public. She was conscious and breathing but there was concern she had swallowed water so lifeguards immediately called for a medical evacuation.

Lifeguards administered oxygen to the woman and treated minor cuts to her legs, before the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter arrived to airlift her to hospital.

Also in attendance were Coastguard Rescue Teams and South Wales Police.

Matt Childs, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: ‘This was a multi-agency incident and our lifeguards worked well with other emergency service teams to help this woman. We hope she has a speedy recovery.’

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows RNLI lifeguards on duty at Rest Bay. Credit RNLI.

or more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.or more information please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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