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Practice session by Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station becomes a rescue

Lifeboats News Release

As the volunteer crew of Horton and Port Eynon RNLI were returning to the beach after a Sunday morning exercise (16 April) they were immediately tasked to attend to a walker in difficulty.

The lifeboat crew members were concluding their regular Sunday morning training session when the message was received that a walker was in difficulty on the beach in Slade.

The lifeboat immediately went to the scene where the volunteer crew ascertained that a female walker had fallen and sustained a suspected broken ankle having slipped on rocks.

The crew strapped the injured ankle and conveyed her by boat to the beach at Horton.

The lady was then taken by a Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter to Moriston.

The Horton and Port Eynon RNLI crew were Matthew Fifield (Helm), Eleanor Sullivan, Josh Cottell and Anthony Payne.

Lawrie Grove, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Horton and Port Eynon RNLI, said: ‘The UK Coastguard were alerted to this casualty by a member of the public phoning 999 and asking for the Coastguard and then relaying details of the incident.

'The quick thinking of this person meant that the RNLI were alerted and able to respond quickly to the incident. I would remind people that if they see an incident on or near the sea that requires emergency action call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Brin Hurford, Horton and Port Eynon RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07968 269550 or

Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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