New inshore lifeboat rescues two swimmers off Barry Island beach

Lifeboats News Release

Barry Dock lifeboat volunteer crews were paged by Milford Haven coastguard on Saturday 15 of June at 6:30pm with reports of four swimmers in difficulty quarter of a mile south of Nells Point on Barry Island.

Barry Dock all-weather and D-class lifeboat

RNLI/Nicholas Leach

Barry Dock all-weather and D-class lifeboat

Both lifeboats were launched, the all weather lifeboat Inner wheel II and the station’s new inshore lifeboat Frances Corscaden. Once on scene the inshore lifeboat recovered two of the swimmers while the other two made their way to the shore. The two swimmers recovered by the inshore lifeboat were taken back to the lifeboat station.

Deputy Coxswain Jon Atkins said: ‘This callout goes to show how going prepared with the correct safety equipment really does save lives. The two swimmers rescued had with them an inflatable safety bag that they deployed which aided there visibility in the strong tidal conditions of the Bristol Channel’.

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