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Illuminating flares locate teenagers in water

RNLI Mumbles rescue

Two teenage girls have been rescued at Porthcawl, Wales, after RNLI crew used illuminating flares to locate them at night.

One evening in August, Porthcawl RNLI lifeboats Rose of the Shires and The Jean Ryall were launched following reports of two teenage girls in the sea in Coney Beach, Porthcawl.

The first lifeboat on the scene was the D-Class Jean Ryall. The crew was told the girls were in the water and they began a shoreline search towards Rhych Point. They were joined by the crew of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat who started searching towards the Eastern Promenade.

A white parachute flare was fired which illuminated the area and two people were spotted in the water.

Helm, Chris Page, instructed two of the crew to jump into the water to assist. The girls were rescued and taken to a safe area, where they were assessed by the lifeboat crews and local coastguards.

Once the girls were assessed for any injuries, they were led up the beach to the coastguard vehicle, however, one of them collapsed on the beach, and was given first aid by the lifeboat crew.

The coastguard helicopter that helped with the search landed on Coney Beach, and the two girls were airlifted to hospital.

Porthcawl RNLI Local Operations Manager, Phillip Missen, MBE, says, “This was a difficult rescue in almost zero visibility due to the darkness. The volunteer crew launched within five minutes of being alerted and were on scene quickly.

“If it was not for their commitment to the RNLI and their seamanship skills the outcome could have been very different. This rescue was a good example of joint working between the RNLI volunteers, coastguard and ambulance service.”

The main image is courtesy of the RNLI.

Sep 06, 2017