Rescue off South Wales coast in deteriorating weather

Credit: RNLI

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