RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew save swimmer off Rhyl beach
RNLI lifeguards and Rhyl volunteer lifeboat crew rescued a swimmer in difficulty off the north Wales coast yesterday afternoon.
The man got into difficulty approximately 700m offshore and found himself drifting out to sea. He was assisted onto the rescue board by Anastassis who started to paddle back to the beach. As they were making their way back to shore, the man was hit by a small wave and fell off the rescue board, swallowing a lot of water as he fell into the sea.
The Rhyl volunteer lifeboat crew were on their way back to the lifeboat station after responding to call of a woman in difficulty in the sea off Llanddulas when they diverted over to assist the lifeguard and swimmer who were by now 1,000m offshore. Both the swimmer and lifeguard were assisted into the inshore lifeboat and taken safely back to the beach.
After checking that the man was well and unharmed from the incident he was handed over to the care of the local Coastguard team. Immediately after the incident the lifeguards, lifeboat crew and coastguard team were called to help search for three missing children on the beach, all of which were thankfully found safe and well.
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Attached is a photo of the swimmer thanking RNLI lifeguard Anastassis Lamprou, who with the help of Rhyl lifeboat crew, rescued the swimmer off the north Wales coast. Credit: RNLI
Attached is footage taken by Rhyl lifeboat crew of the incident. Credit: Rhyl RNLI.
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