Porthcawl RNLI lifeboats diverted from exercise to assist surfer

Lifeboats News Release

Porthcawl's Atlantic and D-class RNLI lifeboats were called away from training on Sunday morning to assist a surfer unable to beat the tide.

Stephen Jones

Porthcawl RNLI battle the waves to reach the surfer

HM Coastguard requested the assistance of Porthcawl RNLI at 10.10am following concerns for a surfer who was believed to be in difficulties, drifting towards rocks at Rest Bay.

With a heavy swell running and a strong offshore wind, the Atlantic 85 RNLI lifeboat arrived on scene and ran along the swell line looking for the casualty.

The volunteer crew spotted the casualty but the surf was too big for the Atlantic to get close to assist. The D-class lifeboat was also tasked, was directed towards the casualty by the Atlantic.

The D-class was then taken into the surf and help to assisted the casualty ashore. He had not sustained any injuries.

Both lifeboat then returned to the exercise.

Stephen Jones

A number of surfers at Porthcawl on Sunday

Stephen Jones

Large swells at Porthcawl on Sunday

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