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Fisherman assists Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat in swimmer rescue

Lifeboats News Release

A swimmer was rescued from the water at Bedrick Rock.

Volunteer crew of Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat were called out at 6.30pm on Saturday after a fisherman on Bendrick Rock called the Coastguard to report that the female swimmer was in trouble.  The Lifeboat launched and was on scene by 6.37pm.  The fisherman had given his coat and shoes to the casualty to keep her warm until help arrived.  

Barry Coastguard Mobile Team arrived on scene soon after with a paramedic, who took the woman into their care.  
Richie Tutton, Mechanic for the Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat station said 'we are really grateful for the care the fisherman showed towards this swimmer.  The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea so we would never ask other people to put themselves in danger to help others, but the early care given to this lady was a real show of compassion by this kind fisherman.  Without his help, her condition would have been worse.'

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