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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat save father and son cut off by the tide.

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was launched at 9.20pm on Thursday (10 August) after the UK Coastguard had received a 999 call from a father and son cut off by the tide.

The lifeboat launches into a calm sea

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Launching the lifeboat

Conditions were very good with little wind and a calm sea.

The lifeboat was soon on scene together with Port Talbot Coastguard Search and Rescue Team. The father and his 12-year-old son had been fishing on Crymlyn Burrows, which is an area on the western side of the River Neath and had been cut off by the incoming tide.

They had been fishing and were on a high piece of ground surrounded by wide deep gulleys and had not noticed the tide coming in around them.

The lifeboat and it s volunteer crew proceeded into the gulley, using their searchlight, and helped by the coastguard using their lights to illuminate the scene. The lifeboat then nosed into the bank and took both father and son off, and transferred them to safe dry ground.They were met by the coastguard team who took their details and then father and son returned to their car none the worse for their ordeal.

The Mumbles RNLI inshore lifeboat was also on scene but was not required.

All services were then stood down and the lifeboat returned to station at 10pm.

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07814 985057 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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