Four people have been flown to hospital following a major rescue operation off the coast of North Wales.
Emergency services were called to the village of Aberdyfi in Gwynedd at around 2.15pm on Sunday after reports that eight people had got into difficulty in the sea.
Two air ambulances and the coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter were joined by lifeboat crews and paramedics.
The RNLI confirmed crews from Aberdyfi and Borth attended and found eight people in the water after they got caught in a rip current.
Some had to be resuscitated after being brought back to shore, they said.
The coastguard confirmed that four people were flown to hospital while two others were taken to hospital by land ambulance.
A spokesman said: ‘HM Coastguard received multiple 999 calls at around 14:15 today (26 July) reporting several people in difficulty in the water at Aberdovey, Gwynedd.
‘Aberdovey and Borth coastguard rescue teams, Aberdovey RNLI lifeboat, the coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon, Welsh Ambulance Service and two air ambulances were all sent.
‘Three people have been taken to hospital by the coastguard helicopter, one by an air ambulance and two by road ambulance.
‘Two other people were checked over by paramedics on scene and did not need onward transfer to hospital.’
The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed that one person was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor while the others were taken to Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth.
Information on the conditions of the people involved has not been released.
Police declined to comment on the incident.