UK Coastguard tasked Porthcawl RNLI’s volunteer crew following a report of a Stand Up Paddleboarder (SUP) in difficulty in Newton Bay. The SUP-er was reported to be waving and shouting for help.
UK Coastguard requested the launch of the charity’s Atlantic 85 and the crew located the casualty clinging to his SUP board approximately 200m from shore. A member of public had swam out to assist but turned back to shore upon arrival of the lifeboat.
The casualty was taken onboard the lifeboat and the crew provided casualty care. The casualty was taken back to the lifeboat station and met by paramedics in a land ambulance. Due to concerns over water inhalation and possible secondary drowning the casualty was taken to hospital for further checks
If you’re going afloat on a stand up paddleboard please read the RNLI’s safety guide: Stand Up Paddleboarding Tips And Safety Advice From The RNLI