Local Music Festival interrupted by rescue of lady stung by Weever fish
The Horton Hullaballoo Music Festival was in full swing on Saturday 28 August at 5.30pm when the headlining act was interrupted by RNLI pagers going off. A number of the crew and members of the station were performing on stage.
The lead singer and helmsman stopped the music and asked if there were lifeboat crew in the audience. There were, and they quickly made their way to the nearby lifeboat station. The music festival continued.
The lifeboat was launched and made its way to Slade beach where they discovered that a lady was in severe pain and unable to walk having been stung by a Weever Fish in the sea. She was taken on board the lifeboat and taken back to the boathouse where she was treated for the sting. The Oxwich Coastguard Team arrived and assisted in treating her. She and her partner had been camping nearby in Oxwich. She was later taken back to Oxwich.
Originally from Poland she is currently living in Windsor. She told crew members how much she liked the area and how welcoming everyone was. She said ‘Everyone seems to know each her and is so friendly - its like being back home!’
The volunteer crew of the lifeboat were Will Metcalfe (Helmsman), Jordon Francis, Rachel Hurford and Laurence Marwood who was on his first call out.
An RNLI spokesman said: ‘If you are on or near the coast always make sure you have a means of communication with you and if you find yourself in difficulty phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
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