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Mumbles Lifeboat Crew issue appeal for safe thinking as storm approaches

Lifeboats News Release

Storm Ophelia hits South Wales with High Tides

RNLI/Andy Miles

Mumbles inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott

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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