Porthcawl RNLI’s volunteer crew were paged by UK Coastguard to a report that someone had entered the water and got into difficulty at Sandy Bay (Coney Beach).
The charity’s D Class lifeboat, Hugo Missen was launched on service and arrived on scene to find the person had been helped to safety by an open water swimmer. RNLI Lifeguards South East Wales were quickly on scene to the incident as they were in the process of leaving the beach following their final shift of 2022.
Police and medics were also on the beach quickly due to the high presence of both in the town for the annual Porthcawl Elvis festival.
With RNLI lifeguard patrols now finished at all local beaches please take care if heading to the coast. Take a means to call for help such as a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch. If you get into trouble in the water FLOAT on your back, remain calm and call for help.
If you see someone in difficulty or get into trouble yourself dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.