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Vale Surf Life Saving Club Assist Swimmers To Safety At Nell's Point


Members of the voluntary group, Vale Surf Life Saving Club (VSLSC), saved two swimmers who got into difficulty at Nell's Point yesterday.

The VSLSC is a surf life-saving club based at Barry Yacht Club. The group is made up of members aged from 7 to adult training towards gaining their beach lifeguard qualifications.

Members of the team were called into action on Saturday 1st August when two swimmers, dressed inappropriately for the activity, got into some difficulty at Nell's Point.

One of the lifeguards, Kelsea, spotted the swimmers in the bay, heading towards Nell's Point, an area known for its strong rip currents and paddled out to explain the dangers of the water and ask them to return to the shore.

The swimmers refused the request and soon found themselves in trouble, having got caught in the rip. The individuals continued to resist assistance for some time until realising that they were unable to get themselves back to shore and accepting help.

VSLSC lifeguards, Kelsea and Reuben sprang into action, helping the swimmers onto their rescue boards and making the very difficult journey back to shore. Members of Barry Dock RNLI launched to ensure all was okay but arrived on the scene after the individuals were safely back on land. The RNLI thanked Kelsea and Reuben for their hard work and left the scene.

This is the third time VSLSC members have been called into action to assist swimmers in difficulty back to shore in just the last few weeks.

Vale of Glamorgan Councillor, Lis Burnett took to Twitter to congratulate and thank the members of the VSLSC for their actions saying:

"Well done all and huge thanks from all at @VOGCouncil. Absolute superstars and #ValeHeroes"

Vale SLSC is a charity that relies on public donations to operate and to be able to train future generations of lifeguards to continue to keep the public safe on Jackson’s Bay. You can keep up with them on Twitter here.

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