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Two walkers cut off by tide rescued by Burry Port RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Two walkers cut off by the tide at Burry Holmes were returned to safety by Burry Port RNLI lifeboat volunteers.

At 3.22pm on Saturday (16 July) the pagers went off with a request from Milford Haven Coastguard to assist two persons cut off by the incoming tide at Burry Holmes on the Gower.

Both the D-class lifeboat Diane Hilary and the Atlantic  class lifeboat Leicester Challenge II were launched, the D-class  boat crewed by helmsman Darren Sheppard, Kevin Lloyd and Jared Phillips, and the Atlantic crewed by helmsman Gary Morgan, Osian Bowen and Lee Fox.

Both volunteer crews made their way to Burry Holmes and despite the  poor weather condition - a south-westerly force four wind, choppy seas and poor visibility - they quickly located the two casualties and safely handed them over to the Rhosilli Coastguard Mobile Team.

Both casualties were wet and cold but did not need any further medical attention.

Both boats returned safely to Burry Port.

Media Contacts:
For further information please contact Alun Wells, Lifeboat Press Officer at Burry Port RNLI, on 07929 783239.

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