Teenager taken to hospital after being rescued from rocks at Porthcawl

A 14-year-old boy who was stranded waist deep in water off the South Wales coast was rescued after a dramatic race against the incoming tide.

The holidaymaker was trapped on a rock just off Newton Point as the tide came in on Saturday afternoon.

Following a 999 call to Milford Haven Coastguard, the Porthcawl RNLI crew were called out at 5.30pm.

Both Porthcawl boats were used in this rescue as Newton Point has notorious rocks and currents.

Within minutes the youth was spotted surround by deep water and clinging to the rock.

Chris Missen, helmsman on Porthcawl’s D class lifeboat Jean Ryall, took the boat through the outlying rocks and up to the rock where the stranded youth was seen to be visibly frightened and very cold.

He was quickly rescued and transferred to the larger Atlantic 85 Rose of the Shires.

Once on board the crew wrapped him in protective coverers and raced back to the lifeboat station.

The teen was suffering from severe cold and shock and was treated by shore crew and paramedics before being transferred to Princes of Wales hospital in Bridgend.

The casualty, who was from the Chesterfield area, had only been in Porthcawl for two days.

Meanwhile the smaller remained on scene as there were reports that a second person had been climbing the rocks and was possibly in the water.

One crew member swam ashore to make further enquiries, but the Porthcawl Coastguard Unit had found the second person safe and well.

The lifeboat crew had been celebrating their 50th anniversary with a barbecue when they were called out.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Philip Missen said: “As always our crews are ready to respond to incidents at all times and today was no exception. It did give the families a great insight to the speed and efficiency at which our boats can be launched.

“The rescue of the young holidaymaker was text book and I have no doubt that our crews prompt action saved a life.”

The RNLI are currently running the ‘Respect the Water’ campaign to encourage the public to think of the dangers of the sea and inland waters.

Porthcawl and along the Bristol Channel has the second highest rise and fall of tide in the world and the public are advised to note tide times to avoid the dangers of being cut off by an incoming tide.

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