Mumbles Lifeboat Crew issue appeal for safe thinking as storm approaches
Storm Ophelia hits South Wales with High Tides
With the onset of storm Ophelia taking its toll on the coast of South Wales the RNLI is issuing a warning for anyone thinking of going to the coast to storm watch today.
James Bolter Deputy Coxswain at the Mumbles lifeboat station said
‘Over the years we’ve had several calls to search for people swept into the sea. Around the coast of Britain and Ireland over 190 people each year who didn’t intend going near the water lost their lives. We’re appealing to the public to be very careful when choosing a location to storm watch.
High tide in the Mumbles today is at 5pm and the combination of a high tide and very strong wind makes the coast a very dangerous place to be. Stay away from exposed shores and headlands. If you think you spot someone in trouble call the Coastguard on 999 straight away. Never be tempted to try and rescue a pet that gets into trouble, the RNLI have many calls to owners who get in trouble trying to rescue a dog and they've struggled with cold water and rough seas only to find their dog has made it back to shore safely. Invest some time in ensuring the kids are aware of going to close to the sea front in this weather. ‘
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.