Barry Dock volunteers rescues person cut off by tide
Barry Dock RNLI volunteers had just finished a crew meeting and were about to light up the BBQ last night (Thursday 17 June) when twenty pagers sprung to life.
Shortly before 8pm HM Coastguard requested the launch of both Barry Dock all-weather and inshore lifeboat to assist a man cut off by the tide at Rhoose Point. As all the volunteer crew were already at the boathouse both lifeboats were able to launch immediately to assist.
With the assistance of Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 a man was located on the rocks at Rhoose Point, where he had been forced to climb up to higher ground as the spring tide closed in around him. Once located, Barry Dock volunteers approached the rocks and were able to get close enough to assist the person to the safety of the inshore lifeboat. The man was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat where he was assessed by the volunteer crew.
Back on dry land, the man was handed over to the care of Barry Coastguard Team. Once checked over, he was then invited to join the lifeboat crew for some food as the volunteers continued with the station BBQ.
Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Water Safety Lead said:
‘With hot weather forecasted throughout the weekend, it’s expected to be a busy weekend across the coast.
‘The tide comes in and out twice in each 24 hour period, and while tide times can be accurately predicted, they vary at each location and change each day. A beach or coastal area may appear a safe place for a walk, but incoming tide can quickly leave you stranded. Even though the biggest spring tides have now passed, there will still be big tides into this weekend, so places will be cut off by the tide quicker than normal and places usually unaffected by the tide may also get cut off.
‘That’s why checking the weather and tides using a trusted online source, such as magicseaweed.com, the BBC weather or a tidal prediction app before setting off on any trip is essential.
‘It is also essential to carry a fully charged mobile phone or other means of calling for help when out for a coastal walk so you can dial 999 for the Coastguard if you get into difficulty. It is also important to tell someone else where you are going and when you are expected back.’
The RNLI is urging anyone choosing to visit the coast to make sure they keep themselves and their families safe by following beach safety advice:
- Wherever you are, check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage to understand local risks.
- If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float.
- In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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Attached is a photo of Barry Dock inshore lifeboat responding to the service call last night. Credit: RNLI/Barry Dock.
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