Both lifeboats were launched at the request of UK Coastguard following reports of two people and a dog cut off by the tide near Monknash.

Both the D Class and Atlantic 85 lifeboats were launched to locate and assist the casualties. Llantwit Major Coastguard and Barry Coastguard were also tasked to the incident.

Working with Llantwit Coastguard unit the lifeboat crews located the casualties and two crew members were put ashore to assess the situation. Several attempts were made to take the smaller D class Jean Ryall into the rocky shore but with a dumping swell breaking right on the shore it proved too dangerous for Helmsman Chris Page to risk his lifeboat and crew. With Barry Coastguard Unit joining the rescue bid it was decided to attempt a cliff rescue but following a request from Porthcawl lifeboats the SAR helicopter was tasked to winch the two casualties and their dog to safety. The helicopter then stood by whilst the two crew swam out through the surf and back on board the lifeboats.