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Lifesaving equipment installed at coastal attractions

New lifesaving equipment has been installed at four coastal beauty spots in Swansea.

Oystermouth Castle

Swansea Council has teamed up with a charity called Cariad to put defibrillators in place at Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, Knab Rock and Oystermouth Castle.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a controlled electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.             

The defibrillators are located on the toilet blocks in both Caswell and Oystermouth Castle, and on the wall of the old site office in Langland. A suitable location for the defibrillator at Knab Rock is now being decided on, with the lifesaving equipment due to be put in place there this week. 

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "In Swansea, we're lucky to have some of the best coastal scenery and coastal landmarks in the world so close at hand, but it's also important that people are able to enjoy our seaside and coastal attractions, safe in the knowledge that lifesaving equipment is available, if needed in times of emergency.

"Defibrillators are widely recognised as an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival. They're already in place at several city parks and other attractions, so it makes sense to introduce them at some of our most popular coastal locations where footfall is high.

"We're delighted to work in close partnership with Cariad on a scheme that could save lives in future."

The council also works in partnership with the RNLI (Royal National Lifesaving Institution) during summer months, who put lifeguards in place at a number of Swansea beaches.

Signs are up at beaches throughout the year, encouraging beach-goers to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

"Although the peak summer season has now finished, our beaches are popular throughout the year," said Cllr Francis-Davies. "This is why I'd continue to encourage beach-goers to either use bins close to the beaches, or take their litter home with them if bins are full. This doesn't just improve the beach-going experience for the next group of people who visit - it also leads to a safer beach visiting experience when there's less glass and other waste strewn across our beaches and seaside promenades."

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