Barry Dock RNLI All-weather lifeboat launches into Storm Francis

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew launch to a report of a person in the water who had fallen from a jet ski close to Weston-super-Mare pier.

With gale force winds gusting to 63 mph the volunteers were on scene within 30 minutes of launching.

A combined search was carried out with Weston-super-Mare RNLI inshore lifeboat and the coastguard rescue helicopter from St Athan.


After the area had been thoroughly searched and nothing found the lifeboats and coastguard helicopter were stood down by Milford Haven coastguard and returned to station.


A false alarm with good intent. If you do see anyone in difficulty please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

RNLI/Rich Simkins

Barry Dock Lifeboat leaving the harbour.

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