A group of people had a lucky escape at Poppit Sands this morning after going into the water in the height of storm Ophelia.
The lifeboat crew at Cardigan was paged at 11:18am to a group of people in the water but the volunteer crew were stood down before the lifeboat launched.
The RNLI has since issued a warning about the weather.
Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but big waves can easily knock you off your feet. The sea is far more powerful than you think and your chances of survival are slim if you are dragged into the swell. Our volunteer lifeboat crews will always launch to rescue those in danger at sea, but to launch into conditions like these could also put their lives at risk.
Barmouth RNLI's new inshore lifeboat is being officially named Craig Steadman in memory of the Holyhead lifeboat volunteer, who died in a motorbike accident in 2015.
Craig was a very loyal and respected RNLI crew member in Holyhead. He was very caring, incredibly kind and helpful to a fault. If anybody needed help in any way, Craig would be there. He had very large wings and sheltered many in need under them.
‘Sadly, his life was cut short at 28 years old. Through this lifeboat, Craig will live on. He will continue to help people, as he always did in life.’
Around 200 guests are expected at the official naming and dedication ceremony today.
Rescue crews say a man who was rescued from a river near Swansea last night was 'lucky to be spotted' in the dark.
Coastguards and lifeboat responded to a search for a person in the water off the West Pier at the entrance to the River Tawe at around 11.15pm.
The man was found a mile south of the pier by the all-weather lifeboat. He was taken ashore, where he was cared for by the medical team and ambulance at Swansea Marina.
He was lucky to be spotted after drifting so far out. We had stopped in the water to start our commence search position when one of our volunteers spotted him. We're very grateful for the assistance of the members of the public who assisted with the search too. We as always urge anyone who thinks they may have spotted someone entering the water to contact the UK Coastguard on 999.
A petition to save the all-weather lifeboat at New Quay in Ceredigion has gained support from more than ten thousand people.Read the full story ›
The RNLI has released the first picture of a boat which broke free from its moorings and hit Barmouth railway bridge.
The charity was alerted on Monday evening and officers confirmed there was noone aboard. The vessel was pinned to the bridge by the incoming tide. So they decided to wait until high tide.
The mast eventually broke and the vessel was freed. Train services were temporarily suspended.
RNLI crews say they towed a boat off the beach at Southerndown on Saturday evening in worsening weather.
Both Porthcawl lifeboats were called out just after 7.
Weather conditions were deteriorating throughout the callout, the thick drizzle and mist brought visibility down to about a quarter of a mile and the wind gusted up to Force 7. During our tow off the beach we had to manoeuvre through breaking waves up to six feet high. Once out beyond the breakers we were able to transfer the tow over to our larger Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Rose of the Shires. Unfortunately during the tow to Porthcawl the rough conditions caused the tow line to break twice off Ogmore by Sea.
RNLI lifeguards and Penybont Surf Lifesaving Club members have issued a safety warning to visitors of a Vale of Glamorgan beach after a series of multiple casualty rescues in a river mouth.
Lifeguards and the surf lifesaving club have rescued more than 20 people from the river at Ogmore beach over the last two weekends, including three young children who became stranded on Sunday.
An area next to the river at Ogmore by Sea, which is usually rocky, has become covered by sand and there have been higher than normal numbers of visitors using this section of the beach to base themselves. Many are being tempted to swim in the river, unaware of the depth of the water or the unpredictable currents running in the water there.
Anyone visiting Ogmore by Sea or any of beach with RNLI lifeguards should always swim between the red and yellow flags, which have been identified by lifeguards as the safest place to swim and is supervised by lifeguards at all times.
The RNLI says stay away from the sea during storms, give waves a wide berth, and be aware that unexpected big waves can catch people out.Read the full story ›
Website visitors can watch the power of the waves crashing over the breakwater in safety and from the comfort of their homes.Read the full story ›
A blind dog has been rescued by the RNLI after it fell into the Burry Port Marina.
RNLI volunteers Kelvin Rees, Rhydian Bowen and Mal O'Connell were on hand to pull the pet from the water.
The dog didn’t have any injuries and was reunited with its owners.