South West Wales

Boy in rip current scare rescued at Tenby Castle beach

A five-year old boy has been rescued by lifeguards after he was caught by a fast-moving current off the Pembrokeshire coast, says the RNLI.

The boy was playing in a bathing area when he disappeared under water off Tenby Castle beach on Friday afternoon.

The RNLI said he was caught by a rip current, a fast-moving channel of water flowing away from the beach.

They were the cause of 38% of all sea-based incidents that the RNLI's lifeguards responded to in 2010.

RNLI lifeguard Coral Lewis, 19, saw the boy struggling in the water and ran to his rescue.

Lifeguard supervisor Stuart Penfold said: "Coral did a great job this afternoon and it's certain that a life has been saved today.

"It's very important that people take note of the red and yellow flags as these are the safest place to swim.

"Unfortunately the little boy was caught out by the rip current today, but we're very glad to hear that he's now alright."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites