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Lucky escape for group in sea during Storm Ophelia

A group of people had a lucky escape at Poppit Sands this morning after going into the water in the height of storm Ophelia.

This is Poppit Sands on a calm day. Credit: Google Street View

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.

– Matt Crofts, RNLI Lifesaving Manager

Barmouth RNLI's new boat named in memory of volunteer Craig Steadman

Barmouth inshore lifeboat Craig Steadman Credit: RNLI

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.’

– Craig's mother Sharon
Craig Steadman was a volunteer Credit: RNLI

Around 200 guests are expected at the official naming and dedication ceremony today.

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Man 'lucky to be spotted' in night-time rescue off Swansea

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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.

– Martin Double, Coxswain of the Mumbles Lifeboat

Boat gets stuck under Barmouth Bridge

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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.

Rescue off South Wales coast in deteriorating weather

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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.

Tow underway off beach. Credit: RNLI/Ian Stroud

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.

– Chris Page, RNLI
Waves break over casualty Credit: RNLI/Ian Stroud
Tow taken over by the Atlantic 85. Credit: RNLI/Ian Stroud

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Safety call after Ogmore river mouth rescues

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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.

– Ross Gribble, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor
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