Helicopter battles 80mph winds in Storm Ciara sea search which was false alarm

Brave emergency service workers took to the skies in howling winds on a rescue mission which turned out to have been triggered by a false alarm.

Porthcawl Royal National Lifeboat Institution members jumped in their helicopter in response to reports that a person was in the water.

The crashing waves of Storm Ciara coupled with the high tide meant anyone out at sea was in real danger.

The RNLI took to the skies and scoured the south Wales coastline.

A dramatic photo taken from the ground shows concerned onlookers peering upwards as the helicopter flies overhead.

Huge waves crash into the sea wall in Porthcawl

Huge waves crash into the sea wall in Porthcawl
(Image: Porthcawl RNLI)

The helicopter turned back to base when report came through explaining the person was safe and it had been a false alarm.

Earlier in the day the public was warned away from Porthcawl, which is known for offering excellent views of the stormy seas.

Fearing that people could be swept up in waves as they broke over the harbour wall, the RNLI set up a webcam to stream live from the sea front.

It can be viewed here.

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Lifeboat Operations Manager Phil Missen said: “The intention of this webcam was to make our coastline safer for those who use the sea, beaches and coastal walks but also show some spectacular views, especially during stormy weather.

“I’m confident that giving people access to these dramatic scenes from their living rooms helps discourage people from putting themselves at risk. I’d certainly encourage people this weekend to watch the waves crashing safely via our cam and not put themselves in any danger.”

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