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Busy First Week Back For RNLI Lifeguards


After pausing their patrols due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the RNLI Lifeguards returned to duty on Whitmore Bay at the beginning of the week and were thrown straight in at the deep end with the two hottest days of the year so far inspiring plenty of locals to visit the beach.

The group took to social media to update locals on their activities from their first week back, listing the incidents they responded to. The post from the "RNLI South East Wales" page said:

"We had a very busy first week back out patrolling Whitmore Bay & Rest Bay.

"On Wednesday & Thursday the 10 lifeguards working across the two beaches responded to:

  • 1 life saved in the water at Whitmore Bay
  • 6 rescues including having to call in Barry Dock Lifeboat Station
  • 13 people assisted in the water
  • 3 major first aids, all requiring ambulance assistance
  • 10 missing children

"If you are fortunate enough to live within 5 miles of the coast please try to visit a beach with lifeguard cover."

Wednesday and Thursday were the second hottest and hottest days of the year so far respectively, with the warm weather leading many people across the country to visit the beach.


Elsewhere in the RNLI, the Barry Dock crew were treated to a lightning display on their way back from a call on Thursday. The crew managed to catch the display on camera which they then shared on social media.

You can watch the RNLI's lightening video here:

The crew were treated to a lightning display over Barry on their return from the shout last night. Photo credit...

Posted by Barry Dock RNLI on Friday, 26 June 2020

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