Busy Sunday for Porthcawl RNLI

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

By GEM Staff Reporter

in Emergency Services

Sunday, July 31 was a busy afternoon for Porthcawl’s RNLI lifeboat crews who safely rescued three people who found themselves in imminent danger in two separate incidents.

Just before 2pm, RNLI volunteers were called to rescue a kayaker that had capsized. He was in the water and unable to climb back on board his kayak off Ogmore by Sea.

An Atlantic 85 lifeboat, ‘Rose of the Shires’, was on scene within 15 minutes of the initial alert and rescued the kayaker, who had been swept eastwards towards rocks at Ogmore Deeps.

The lifeboat crew was directed to the casualty by members of the public pointing from the rocks above.

Too close to rocks for the lifeboat to get alongside, a crew member swam to the casualty with a line and both were pulled back aboard the lifeboat.

The casualty was taken back to Porthcawl and checked over but no further medical assistance was required.

Coastguards paged Porthcawl crew for a second time shortly before 5.30pm to two people cut off by the tide, east of the RNLI station, near Witches Point at Southerndown.

Two lifeboats were launched and the casualties were rescued by the D Class vessel.

The casualties were transferred to the larger Atlantic 85 lifeboat and brought safely ashore at Porthcawl lifeboat station.

Lifeboat operations manager at Porthcawl, Philip Missen, said:?“This afternoon proved yet again the value of our lifeboat service and the dedication of our crews. At this time of year, we get people cut off by the tide along our coast, especially east of Porthcawl.

“I would like to re-emphasise the importance of checking tide times before venturing along some our beautiful coast.

“I would like to say how important it is for all watercraft users to have some form of buoyancy aid and a means for calling for help should the need arise.”

Web only: Click here (URL) for video from the RNLI of the rescues.

http://www.rnlivideolibrary.org.uk/getvideo.aspx?vid=WVCedOC1

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