Friday, 4 September 2009

RNLI Lifeguards receive award from Surf Lifesaving Association of Wales

Three RNLI lifeguards, Jon Johnston, Coral Lewis and Adam Pitman, have been awarded the Humanitarian Award from the Surf Lifesaving Association (SLSA) of Wales, after their efforts in a rescue at Tenby in July.

The charity’s lifeguards assisted 36 children and 4 adults off Tenby South beach after they got into difficulty on a sandbank. The award was presented by Peter Lake, President of the Surf Lifesaving Association of Wales at Tenby South beach on Thursday (3 September).

RNLI Lifeguard Coral Lewis, comments:

‘We are thrilled to receive this award from such a well-regarded Welsh lifesaving body. We have come to the end of a very busy season and this recognition is much appreciated.’

Peter Lake, President of Surf Lifesaving Association of Wales, comments:

‘SLSA Wales is a voluntary lifesaving charitable organisation who believes in working and developing both lifesaving and sporting activities in the local communities.

‘On behalf of SLSA Wales, I would like to congratulate these three lifeguards on their professionalism in this rescue. The RNLI is a fantastic charity and we look forward to seeing the lifeguards return to the beaches of Wales again next year.’

Chris Rigby, RNLI Area Lifeguard Supervisor, adds:

‘We work closely with our lifeboat crews, Pembrokeshire Council and the local surf lifesaving clubs and have had a fairly eventful season. It is great to see the lifeguards receiving an award from a large and respected organisation within our industry.’

The RNLI lifeguards will finish their patrols this Sunday (6 September) and are due to return to patrol the county’s beaches next summer.

Photograph (c) RNLI: (left to right): RNLI Area Lifeguard Supervisor Chris Rigby, RNLI lifeguard Coral Lewis, President of SLSA Wales Peter Lake, RNLI lifeguard Jon Johnston, RNLI lifeguard Adam Pitman and RNLI Deputy Divisional Lifeguard Manager Phil Davies.


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