Porthcawl’s volunteer crew were tasked by UK Coastguard to assist two teenagers who were cut off by the incoming tide and stranded on a large rock to the east side of Newton Point.
The charity’s D Class lifeboat, Super G II was launched on service with 3 crew onboard and made best speed to the location. The lifeboat was manoeuvred amongst rocks in order to reach the rock which the casualties were stuck on. Both casualties were rescued from the rock and transferred to the beach at Newton to be met by the team from Porthcawl Coastguard.
The rescue was a touch of deja vu as a near identical rescue of two teenagers stuck on the same rock was carried out exactly 3 years and 1 day ago on 13 May 2018. In a strange twist of fate the 2018 rescue was featured in a repeat episode of Saving Lives At Sea which aired on BBC2 this evening shortly after the crew got back from rescuing the two teenagers tonight.
This incident is a reminder to check tide times if visiting the coast, carry a fully charged phone and in a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
The health crisis has hit our income hard. Lockdown halted the fundraising events we rely on to power our lifesaving service. Support our volunteer crew by donating to: Porthcawl RNLI Lifesavers’ Fund 2021.