– Steffan Wiliam, Plaid Cymru councillor for the Vale of Glamorgan Council
"Our stretch of coast has the world's second highest tidal range, second only to the Bay of Fundy.
"The main issue is that Whitmore Bay is a pocket shape. You have to be careful but it is generally very safe, particularly now we have lifeguards.
"If you swim between the two strips of flags you should be fine. You always have to be sensible on the beaches here.
"I am very concerned to hear that this girl has gone missing. I am the parent of three kids myself and it is awful to hear news like this."
Coastguard including rescue helicopter and police search for missing 14 year old.
Police and coastguards are searching for a 14-year-old girl who was last seen "in difficulty" in the sea.
Officers were called at 3.46pm to a report of concern for the girl, who was at Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, in South Wales.
The girl is described as white, 5ft 7in tall, of average build with long black hair and last seen wearing a multi-coloured dress.
A force spokesman said:
South Wales Police together with HM coastguard are currently searching the location and a missing person enquiry is ongoing".