Cardigan RNLI volunteers prepare to launch during Storm Ophelia

Lifeboats News Release

Cardigan RNLI crew leapt into action at 11.18am this morning amidst concerns for the safety of a woman in the sea off Poppit Sands.

Cardigan's Atlantic 85 lifeboat (this is a stock image - not shot today)

Nicholas Leach

Cardigan's Atlantic 85 lifeboat (this is a stock image - not shot today)

Walkers had become concerned for the welfare of a party of six, including a man, woman, a teenager and three children.

HM Coastguard requested the launch of Cardigan RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat following reports that a woman appeared to be out of her depth and struggling against the current. The D-class lifeboat was also prepared for launch.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was being transported along the beach when HM Coastguard advised they should stand down as all parties were safe on the shore.

The RNLI is offering general advice to the public not to enter the water during this period of severe weather.

Matt Crofts, RNLI Lifesaving Manager, says:

‘This severe weather could make our seas particularly dangerous and unpredictable, with large waves and swells being a major risk.

‘Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but big waves can easily knock you off your feet. The sea is far more powerful than you think and your chances of survival are slim if you are dragged into the swell. Our volunteer lifeboat crews will always launch to rescue those in danger at sea, but to launch into conditions like these could also put their lives at risk.

‘We understand why people want to experience extreme weather, but it’s not worth risking your life, so we strongly urge people to respect the water and watch from a safe distance. If you see someone else in trouble in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Don’t enter the water yourself as you could also end up in serious danger.’

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