Mumbles lifeboats respond to Multiple casualties caught in rip tide

Lifeboats News Release

Multi Agency rescue bid

RNLI/Josh Stewart

Mumbles lifeboat and Coastguard Helicopter
Just after 1135 this morning the Volunteer crew of the Mumbles Lifeboats were tasked by UK Coastguard at Milford Haven to assist with multiple casualties caught in a rip current at Three Cliffs bay.
Both boats were launched as well as Coastguard Helicopter and Horton Port Eynon Lifeboats.
Thankfully all casualties returned to shore safe and well.
Lifeboat Helm Josh Stewart said ‘The rip current at Three Cliffs is highly unpredictable and we would advise anyone who is unsure to stay out of danger during this difficult time’.
The guidance from the RNLI remains to swim at a beach which has lifeguards on. The roll out of lifeguards onto beaches in the UK has been hindered by the virus but further beaches will get lifeguards on through the summer. If you get caught in a rip, don’t panic, float to live, swimming parallel to the shore can help. If anyone spots someone who is suspected to be in trouble always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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