Eight have to be resuscitated after getting caught in rip current off North Wales coast


EIGHT people had to be resuscitated after being caught in a rip current off the North Wales coast.

Emergency services said a number of 999 calls were made to reports of eight people “in difficulty” in the water off the beach in Gwynedd.

HM Coastguard confirmed six people had been taken to hospital, while two others were treated at the scene near Aberdovey.

Three people were taken to hospital by coastguard helicopter, one by an air ambulance and two by road ambulance.

RNLI said eight people had to be rescued after being caught in currents in the water.

It added the causalities “were being resuscitated” after the crew was launched from Aberdovey Lifeboat Station, reports the BBC.

Sea rescue officials have confirmed all people have now been “accounted for” after the incident at 2.15pm.

The ambulance service said they were called following a “beach incident” near Aberdovey.

Casualties were flown to Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth and Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

The coastal village is popular with tourists due to its long sandy beach and water sports facilities.

However, Visit Snowdonia’s website warns that people to take care in the water.

It reads: “Swimmers must take care while venturing out, due to the strong currents around the estuary mouth”.

The RNLI also issued a warned about dangers in the sea off Aberdovey earlier this week.

In a post on Facebook, Aberdyfi Lifeboat warned: “If you’re heading for the beach, please do keep an eye on your children and ensure they remain safe.

“Take note of all safety signage and if you need information about tides or weather, ask one of beach wardens.

“We advise you not to let children use inflatable toys and if they go swimming, please keep a close eye on them at all times.”

A spokesman said: “HM Coastguard received multiple 999 calls at around 2.15pm reporting several people in difficulty in the water at Aberdovey, Gwynedd.

“Aberdovey and Borth coastguard rescue teams, Aberdovey RNLI lifeboat, the coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon, Welsh Ambulance Service and two air ambulances were all sent.

“Three people have been taken to hospital by the coastguard helicopter, one by an air ambulance and two by road ambulance.

“Two other people were checked over by paramedics on scene and did not need onward transfer to hospital.”


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