Barry Dock RNLI lifeboats launch to swimmers in difficulty
The RNLI volunteers respond to their pagers at 6:40pm on Saturday night.
Both Barry Dock RNLI lifeboats were launched today (Saturday) at approximately 6:40pm. The volunteer crews were tasked to reports of two swimmers possibly in difficulty off Watch house point. The swimmers managed to self rescue but were stranded on the rocks.
With the Barry coastguard team and the rescue helicopter in attendance, the inshore lifeboat managed to recover the two casualties and transfer them to the all-weather lifeboat. The casualties were taken to Barry Harbour and handed over to the local coastguard team.
Barry Dock RNLI inshore lifeboat helm John McAlister said: ' If you are going swimming please check weather conditions and the tide and make sure you are visible to others. If you see anybody in difficulty phone 999 and ask for the coastguard.'
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.