The Atlantic 85 and D Class lifeboats were launched on service following a report a fisherman had been swept out to sea at Ogmore River mouth. Our volunteer crews arrived on scene to find the person had been assisted from the water onto the beach by bystanders. The crew provided casualty care until arrival of our colleagues from Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and the Coastguard Teams from Llantwit Major and Porthcawl. The Coastguard Helicopter based at St. Athan was also tasked to the incident and landed at the scene. The casualty was transferred to hospital by land ambulance.
Update 23/10/19: The wife of the casualty has asked we share this message, ‘My husband was discharged from hospital yesterday evening to continue his recovery at home. From the information we have gleaned, we owe his life to a quick thinking, incredibly brave young lady, other members of the public who helped at the time, Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat volunteers, paramedics and other services. Words cannot really express how our family feel but please accept our sincere and heartfelt thanks, we are grateful to you all for your actions that day.’
Phil Missen MBE, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthcawl RNLI said, ‘on behalf of all at Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat we are delighted to hear the news the fisherman is recovering well and send our best wishes for his continued recovery.’