Porthcawl RNLI Crews Heading Towards the Busiest Year Ever
Volunteer lifeboat crews have been paged over eighty times already this year. This is well ahead of any previous years in the station's history.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Philip Missen, commented, ‘The number of ‘shouts’ we have launched for so far this year is unprecedented. The hot weather has added to some incidents but not totally. The reasons for each launch has also varied greatly, some have been straight forward rescues and others have seen us work with many of the emergency services including our neighbouring lifeboat stations, Welsh Ambulance Service Paramedics, Coastguard Units from Porthcawl and Llantwit Major, The Coastguard SAR Helicopter and Police. Some have been instigated by observations made by the RNLI lifeguards operating along our coast and by the National Coastwatch Institution team at Porthcawl.
Again we encourage the public to visit our website, www.porthcawl-lifeboat.co.uk for important information i.e. tide times of high and low water and tide heights. It is encouraging to note that many of the open water swimmers at Porthcawl are now towing floats which we would always encourage as a ‘be seen’ safety aid. Finally, enjoy the sea but always treat it with respect.
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, in a normal year, 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.