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Woman rescued from the water by Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew of Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat have rescued a female swimmer off Jacksons Bay, Barry Island.

The alarm was raised by her friends on the beach after she entered the water after enjoying a few drinks together on the beach.  Her friends became concerned when she was lost from sight. 
The lifeboat crew were called to the scene shortly before 7pm on Monday evening (18 July).  The Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter was also scrambled.  Lifeboat crew launched both the bigger all-weather lifeboat and the smaller inshore ‘boarding’ boat stationed at Barry. 
Within minutes, the woman was rescued from the sea as she was pulled into the boarding boat.  She was transferred to the all-weather lifeboat for first aid then brought ashore before being transferred to the care of paramedics.  Police and Coastguards were also on scene. 
Hugh ‘Spud’ Davies, Deputy Coxswain, said ‘despite the warm weather, the seas around our coast remain cold.  Cold water shock can kill.  The dangers of swimming after drinking alcohol are well known so we remind everyone to respect the water this summer.

'We would also advise anyone thinking of going for a swim in the sea this summer to do so at a lifeguarded beach where there are trained lifeguards there to provide safety advice and assistance. RNLI lifeguards are on duty at Whitmore Bay on Barry Island between 10am and 6pm every day throughout the summer.’
On Saturday (16 July) the crew were called out to assist a 41ft sailing yacht with a broken engine.  Although the yacht was able to continue under sail to Cardiff barrage, Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat worked with Penarth RNLI lifeboat to take it safely through the lock at Cardiff Bay and onto its mooring. 

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Pictured: Barry Dock RNLI ‘boarding’ lifeboat.  Credit Steve Dunscome/RNLI

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For more information please contact: Abi Phillips, Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07973 293587 or by email

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