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Five people taken to hospital after rescue at Welsh beach

Five people have been taken to hospital after being caught in a power surge off the coast of a popular North Wales beach, the ambulance service said.

A total of eight people were taken out of the water after being dragged out to sea at Aberdovey Beach in Gwynedd, North Wales on Sunday afternoon, the RNLI said.

An RNLI spokesperson said that a multi-agency response was launched around 2:20 PM following reports of people in difficulty in the water.

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Aberdovey beach is popular with tourists (Nick Potts / PA)

The Welsh Ambulance Service said that a total of five people have been taken to hospital.

Two people were transferred by air ambulance to Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth, while another was transferred to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

Two more patients were taken to Bronglais Hospital by ambulance.

Their condition is not considered life-threatening, a service spokeswoman said.

She added that one patient was discharged on the spot, while the outcome of the last two is unknown.

The beach is located in Snowdonia National Park and is a popular spot with tourists.

The treacherous currents are known and swimmers are urged to be careful.