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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tasked to swimmers in the water near the old pier

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI were tasked to a number of swimmers who appeared to be in some difficulty near the old pier at Aberavon Beach on Saturday (5 August).

The lifeboat leaves on its way to the incident

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Setting Off

By the time the lifeboat arrived on scene the young swimmers had made their way out of the water, up the sea defences and were on top of the pier with coastguards and RNLI lifeguards.

One swimmer told the lifeguards he had become unconcious due to the amount of water he had inhaled, but he had regained consciousness by the time the rescue teams arrived.

He was taken to the coastguard station to await an ambulance and he was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

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