Busy time for Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The end of the school summer holidays usually leads to a quieter time for sea rescue services. For the Horton and Portr Eynon RNLI Lifeboat Station this was not the case as the crew were called out twice on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

The first rescue was shortly before 4pm to a person who had fallen in Hunts Bay, Pennard. On arriving at Hunts Bay, the lifeboat crew found the injured person, a man from Swansea, who had sustained head injuries. After administering first aid he was taken in the lifeboat to Pwlldu beach where the air sea rescue helpicopter was waiting to take him to hospital. The lifeboat returned to station where is was refuelled.

Shortly after 8pm a second call out was received, this was to people cut off by the tide at Oxwich Bay. The volunteer crew found four adults and a child near to the cliff fall at Oxwich bay. The volunteer crew had to scramble over rocks to get to the group and then lead them back to the lifeboat where they were taken to shore. It was difficult for the lifeboat to approach where the group was stranded because there were a lot of rocks from the rockfall which were barely visible underneath the water. The people rescued were visitng the area.

A spokesman for the Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station said: ‘When walking on or near the coast let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back and always take a means of calling for help. Also plan your walk to take account of the tide and the weather. Check the tide times to make sure that you are not cut off by the incoming tide.’

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Attached is a downloadable video of the first rescue to the injured person in Hunts Bay. Credit: RNLI.

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