With dad Clive the Lifeboat Operations Manager for Port Talbot, it is no real surprise his 17-year-old surfer son Jo Morris, knew what to do in an emergency.

The action unfolded as Jo arrived on the beach to see if he could surf on a day that ended up seeing the conditions described as “horrendous”. Having taken a walk on the pier it was then that Jo spotted three people in trouble in the water.

Being a fully trained lifeguard, Jo was quick to spot that they were caught in a rip current and needed help. Being an experienced surfer, Jo carefully navigated his board out to the struggling trio. One had been able to reach the pier and climb out so Jo threw his board leash out to one, in the meantime, a body board that had been thrown to the other person by a passer-by, had been secured. It took Jo a further 20 minutes to bring the two people to safety, during which time the lifeboat had been called but thankfully, everyone was already safe and sound.

For his dramatic and successful rescue of two people in the water at Aberavon Beach, Jo has been awarded RLSS UK’s Certificate of Meritorious Action in a ceremony well-attended by Doug Thomas, RLSS UK’s Ambassador for Wales, Jo’s dad Clive Morris, Jo’s girlfriend Teigan Jenkins, Stuart Yeandle, Branch Chair of RLSS UK West Wales and Mayor of Port Talbot, Scott Jones.