Two men rescued from rocks at Porthcawl

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

– Emergency Services

by Philip IrwinGEM Reporter

Porthcawl RNLI launched one of their most urgent rescues of the year when two young men from Newport were caught out by the incoming tide and were stranded on a rock near Newton Beach.

HM Coastguard Agency requested the launch of lifeboats at 3.43pm on Sunday, May 13, after receiving multiple 999 calls.

Waves were starting to break over the rock and the rescue was time critical before the rock would be covered by the incoming tide.

Porthcawl’s D Class Lifeboat Jean Ryall was manoeuvred between rocks and a crewman climbed onto the rock to help the young men into the lifeboat.

Once safely on board, they were transferred back to Newton Beach where they were met by Porthcawl Coastguard team.

The casualties were a little wet and shaken by their experience, but otherwise fine and required no medical assistance.

Helmsman Dan Jones said: “Fortunately several people ashore raised the alarm when they did as the incoming tide was flooding and there are very dangerous currents and many submerged rocks at Newton Point. When we arrived on scene, waves were already breaking near the top of the rock and within 30 minutes of the rescue, the incoming tide had covered it.”

This was the second callout of the day. The earlier callout came following a 999 call to UK Coastguard Agency at 12.12pm about a kayaker reported to be in difficulty at Ogmore Deeps.

Both the RNLI charity’s lifeboats proceeded to the scene as they were in the process of recovering from an exercise.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat established that the kayaker in difficulty was nearly ashore, being assisted into the beach by another kayaker.

It was confirmed no medical attention was required and the kayakers were met by members of Llantwit Major Coastguard team on the beach.

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