Porthcawl RNLI launch to two teenage girls swept out to sea on an inflatable din

Lifeboats News Release

Porthcawl's Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched to rescue two girls in a dinghy which had been swept from the beach at Sandy Bay.

The girls were in the dinghy off Newton Point approximately half a mile away when a concerned member of the public contacted the Coastguard. UK Coastguard initially broadcast a MAYDAY as it was believed one of the girls was out of the dinghy attempting to swim it ashore. The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was quickly on scene taking both girls onboard and back to Sandy Bay.

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