Posted: Thu 24th Aug 2017

Two young girls airlifted to hospital after being rescued from sea by lifeguards in Prestatyn

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Aug 24th, 2017

Two young girls were airlifted to Hospital on Thursday after they got into difficulty in the sea off Prestatyn.

Rescue teams including Flint and Rhyl volunteer Coastguard teams were called after the alarm was raised at 4.10pm, it followed reports two girls were struggling to make it back to shore.

RNLI Lifeguards at Prestatyn entered the water and swam over to the girls, keeping them afloat they made it back to shore as the lifeboat arrived.

Rescue 936 the UK Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon was also scrambled to the scene.

An RNLI Rhyl Spokesman said;

“The lifeboat crew and lifeguards attended with casualty care and oxygen to the two girls, who were quite poorly after their ordeal and were showing signs of being hypothermic.

The helicopter and coastguard teams arrived as did an ambulance.

After a discussion, it was decided that the helicopter crew would take the girls to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital for a check-up.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said;

“We were called at about 4.20pm this afternoon to reports that two people had got into difficulty in the water off Ffrith Beach, Prestatyn. A paramedic in a rapid response car and a crew in an emergency ambulance were sent to the scene.”

Linda Hamilton was on the beach at the time of the rescue, she captured the arrival of Rescue 936 on video.

Second Rescue

On their return to base, Rhyl Coastguard officers were made aware of a kite surfer in difficulty.

The team deployed to the area between the old sun centre and splash point where the kite surfer was found.

The kite surfer was in the water and had partially detached themselves from their kite and in the process of slowly swimming back to shore which was made more difficult by towing the kite behind.

The kite surfer was found to be tired but well and was assisted with returning back to the promenade with their kit.

RNLI Rhyl Inshore Lifeboat also attended.

service to Kite surfer Rhyl 24/8/17.
Credit:
RNLI/Rhyl crew

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