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Reveller fined £90 for drunken New Year's dip

The 30-year-old, who was wearing a wetsuit, ploughed into a ferocious sea at Aberystwyth, mid Wales. Credit: Google Maps

A drunken New Year reveller who had a "lucky" escape after he plunged into a raging sea and almost triggered a rescue operation has been fined £90.

The 30-year-old, who was wearing a wetsuit, ploughed into a ferocious sea at Aberystwyth, mid Wales, as a swell sent 15ft waves crashing on the shore.

A friend alerted the coastguard who, with the town's RNLI, were poised to launch when he made his way out unaided.

By the time he re-emerged, police were waiting were waiting on the beach to arrest him for being drunk and disorderly. He was later given a £90 fixed penalty fine.

Edward Perkins, watch officer at Milford Haven Coastguard, said: "He was lucky, I'm surprised he got out. There was a huge swell up there at the time and there is more severe weather on the way.

"It's going to be quite bleak tomorrow and I would advise people to keep well away from the sea because we have a high tide as well."