Barry Dock volunteers rescue someone cut off by the tide

Barry Dock RNLI volunteers had just finished a crew meeting and were about to light up the barbecue last night (Thursday June 17) when twenty pagers came to life.

Shortly before 8pm, HM Coastguard requested the launch of an all-weather and inshore lifeboat Barry Dock to assist a man cut off by the tide at Rhoose Point. As the entire volunteer crew was already at the boathouse, the two lifeboats were able to launch immediately to help.

With the help of the Coastguard Rescue 187 helicopter, a man was located on the rocks at Rhoose Point, where he had been forced to climb to higher ground as the spring tide approached him. Once located, Barry Dock volunteers approached the rocks and were able to get close enough to help the person to safety in the inshore rescue boat. The man was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat where he was assessed by the volunteer crew.

Back on dry land, the man was handed over to the care of the Barry Coastguard Team. Once checked in, he was then invited to join the lifeboat crew in eating while the volunteers chased down the station barbecue.

Chris Cousens, regional water safety officer at the RNLI, said:

“With warm weather expected throughout the weekend, it is expected to be a busy weekend on the coast.

“The tide rises and falls twice in a 24-hour period, and although tide times can be accurately predicted, they vary in each location and change daily. A beach or coastal area may seem like a safe place for a walk, but the rising tide can quickly leave you stranded. Even though the highest spring tides have now passed, there will still be high tides this weekend, so places will be cut off by the tide faster than normal and places usually not affected by the tide may also be cut off. .

“That’s why it’s essential to check the weather and tides using a trusted online source, such as, BBC weather or a tide forecasting app before you set out on your trip. .

“It is also essential to have a fully charged mobile phone or other means of calling for help when on a coastal walk so that you can dial 999 for the coastguard if you have any difficulty. It’s also important to tell someone else where you’re going and when you’re expected to return.

The RNLI urges anyone choosing to visit the coast to ensure their safety and that of their families by following beach safety advice:

  • Wherever you are, check weather forecasts, tide times and read local road signs to understand local risks.
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instincts to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float.
  • In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Notes to Editor

Attached is a photo of the Barry Dock inshore lifeboat responding to the call for duty last night. Credit: RNLI/Barry Dock.

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