North West Wales

Two girls aged 12 rescued on rock groynes off Prestatyn

Two 12-year-old girls have been rescued on rock groynes at Prestatyn in Flintshire after becoming trapped by an incoming tide.

One reached shore with the help of the beach lifeguard, and members of the public, but Rhyl inshore lifeboat had to rescue the second one.

A spokesman said the girls had a lucky escape as she had hypothermia and bad cuts to her legs.

Both were taken to hospital after the incident at 1215 BST on Saturday.

"They were clambering on the rock groynes, near the Nova Centre, which run out from the beach and are designed to stop the sand drifting," said Paul Frost, the volunteer lifeboat press officer.

As the lifeboat arrived one of the girls was being helped ashore by the lifeguard and the public, and they were in shallow water, but one girl was still on the rocks.

Mr Frost said the rescued girl was "very lucky" because she was suffering from hypothermia and had numerous cuts to her legs.

Martin Jones, the lifeboat coxswain, said it was important people were aware of the tide.

"The girls were clambering on rocks and didn't look behind them so they did not notice the tide was coming in," he added.

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