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Hide and seek girl in Aberaeron beach rescue

A nine-year-old girl was taken to hospital after she became stuck among sea defence boulders while playing hide and seek.

The incoming tide saw waves crashing against the rocks during what the RNLI said was a dramatic rescue at Aberaeron, Ceredigion.

A lifeboat crewman on his first rescue had to submerge himself in the water to free Eira by cutting her wellies.

She was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The rescue on Thursday afternoon involved coastguards, police, paramedics and fire crews.

Image caption Eira was taken to hospital as precaution following the rescue on Thursday
Image caption The rescue was described as dramatic due to the incoming tide
Image caption Tom Evans, an RNLI volunteer on his first rescue, helped free Eira

RNLI mechanic Ben Billingham, who was involved in the rescue, said fellow volunteer Tom Evans, 17, had an eventful first ever call-out.

"We reached the scene and it really was quite dramatic as waves were beginning to crash against the rocks," he said.

"Tom did a really great job of crawling down into the rock to reach the girl. He cut her wellington so he could push her forward to free her as the tide was coming in behind her.

"The sea defences weigh about six or seven tonnes and can only be described as giant rocks. It was certainly one of the more unusual incidents we have attended, but we never quite know what to expect when the call for help comes.

"We're just glad the incident came to a positive conclusion and it was certainly an interesting first shout for Tom."

Tom said: "The first thing that went through my mind is that I need to do this - it's quite a serious scenario for her to be in.

"It was quite a serious scenario for us to be there."

Image caption Tom Evans said he was aware of how quickly the tide was coming in

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