UK Coastguard paged our volunteer crew following a report a surfer had been caught in the strong current and swept around the point at Rest Bay.
The charity’s D Class lifeboat, Super G II was launched and located the surfer off Hutchwns Point. The surfer was taken onboard the lifeboat and due to the state of the tide and large surf conditions brought back to the lifeboat station.
Helm Chris Missen said, ‘there is often a strong current at Rest Bay in the direction of town on an incoming tide. We’d advise less experienced surfers visiting Rest Bay to stay on the golf club side of the lifeguard station whenever the tide is on the rocks at the point. If possible visit the beach between 10am-6pm when RNLI lifeguards are on patrol. If you get into trouble Float to Live – lie on your back and relax, resisting the urge to thrash about.
Call 999 or 112 in an emergency 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.