New inshore lifeboat rescues two swimmers off Barry Island beach
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.
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’.
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.