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RNLI Whitmore Beach Lifeguards save two women

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI LIfeguards at Whitmore Beach saved two women swept out to sea on Friday (13 July).

RNLI/Callum Robinson

The RNLI Lifeguards were alerted that two women had been swept around Nells Point, by the Nells Point National Coastwatch Station at 3:15pm on Friday. Lifeguard Levi Rees entered the water on a rescue paddleboard whilst another lifeguard, Jason Grice, headed around the point on foot to help maintain communications.

On reaching the casualties, Levi helped both of them onto the rescue paddleboard and began taking them back to the beach. Whilst on route and passing vessel was able to give assistance in bringing the casualties ashore.

Once back on shore the casualties were checked over and given some medical treatment by the lifeguards.

Matt Childs RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Bridgend said 'The rescue on Friday showed great team work between the RNLI Lifeguards and the National Coast Watch station on Nells Point, to help save the two women's lives. It demonstrated an excellent display of efficient communications between the NCI and the lifeguards, something that we have further developed this year with the new NCI station manager. The rescue emphasises our advice to swim at a lifeguarded beach if you are thinking of heading down to the coast this summer.

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