RNLI Lifeguards working at Pembrokeshire’s Freshwater West Beach last weekend arrived before patrol hours to find two surfers in a rip current.

Using the pulsar and hand signals from the shore, the lifeguards managed to direct the surfers safely out of the current and gave them safety advice once they returned to shore.

In the afternoon, sea mist descended on Freshwater West which reduced the lifeguards’ visibility, and they were forced to red flag the beach.

During this period, two individuals were reported as missing to the lifeguards. Locating the individuals was extremely challenging due to the mist. The Coastguard were contacted for assistance but were stood down shortly after as the individuals reappeared and were in good health.

Seven people were assisted out of rip currents. Five people were assisted by lifeguards Liam Nash, Eddie Waring, Luke Colman and Jack Bruce on rescue boards, and two were assisted by lifeguard Olly Beere patrolling on the RWC.

The lifeguards were also approached by an individual who had sustained an injury to the face whilst surfing. Lifeguard Supervisor Tai Jackson and lifeguard Luke Colman administered first aid and advised that they go to hospital for further treatment.

Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for South Pembrokeshire Oliver Davies-Scourfield said:

“This weekend highlighted the importance of swimming between the flags, but also to remember that we have deemed the beach as unsafe when the red flag is flying.

“The sea mist that descended on Freshwater West made it impossible for us to safely patrol the beach. If we can’t see you in the water, we won’t know if you need our help.

“If you’re ever unsure as to why we’ve red flagged the beach, please approach our lifeguards. We’re more than happy to offer guidance and direct you to a safer place to swim.”

In Pembrokeshire the following beaches are currently being patrolled every day from 10am-6pm: Newport Sands, Poppit Sands, Whitesands, Newgale Central and South, Broad Haven, Freshwater West, Tenby North, Tenby Castle, Tenby South and Saundersfoot.

“Choose one of our lifeguarded beaches if you’re planning a dip,” Oliver added.