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For outstanding rescues during the summer of 2020,Amelie Clode and Tomi Turner from Penybont SLSC have been recognised and presented with Humanitarian Awards. A summary of their rescues, are shown below.

Amelie Clode.

On June 20th 2020 at Ogmore-by-Sea, Amelie was training on her racing board, near the river mouth at approximately 6pm when she heard cries for help. Two members of the public were in difficulties in the river. They were attempting to cross the river at high tide when they realised they were out of their depth and caught in the current.

She immediately paddled to them and got one of the girls onto her board, while the other girl got washed to the rocks and managed to get to safety. Amelie then paddled the other girl to the beach and made sure they were both alright.

This rescue took place before the RNLI started on their summer patrols at the beach. Footnote to this rescue, is, that Amelie didn`t realise until the following day that both these girls attended her school!!

Tomi Turner

Monday June 22nd 2020 at Ogmore-by-Sea Tomi Turner was getting ready to go in the sea for a rescue board training season. A shout went up that a person was in trouble in the river mouth and going under the waves.

Tomi immediately grabbed his board, ran down the slipway and entered the river. He quickly spotted a man floundering in the middle of the river, caught in the strong current and struggling to keep his head above the waves that were breaking on him.

Tomi reached the man as his head went under, so had to scoop him up and hold on to him while the waved crashed over them. It took a few attempts to get him safely on the board before heading back to shore. A large wave then confronted him so he instructed the man to hold onto the front board handles while he pinned the man to the board. It turned out to be a text book rescue, as the wave picked the board up and carried them both to the shore.

Tomi then passed the man onto club members, while he then paddled back across the river, to pick up the man`s clothing and car keys!

 

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