While many of us were out enjoying the warm weather over the bank holiday weekend, there was no rest for the local Coastguard and RNLI services who responded to multiple incidents across the period.
The Barry Coastguard Service had a varied weekend of action across multiple areas of the Vale, first escorting a dozen people off Sully Island during a safety patrol on Saturday, due to the impending danger of them becoming cut off from the mainland. The changing tides around the island are notorious for catching members of the public out, with the Coastguard regularly having to respond to incidents in the area.
The team were back in action on Sunday, joining forces with Llantwit Major Coastguard to assist a woman who had fallen on the coastal path at Monknash and was left in a hard-to-access area, unable to walk due to a potentially broken ankle. The Coastguard teams collaborated to assist the woman, using rope-rescue equipment to extract the stricken rambler and subsequently stretchering her off the path to a waiting ambulance.
The Barry Coastguard team continued their busy weekend yesterday, on bank holiday Monday, assisting both the South Wales Ambulance and Police services in medically evacuating two intoxicated females from the Friars Point/Whitmore Bay area. One of the females was stretchered off the beach to the waiting ambulance, while the second made it to the emergency vehicle under her own steam. Both were taken to the University Hospital of Wales for onward care.
Barry’s Coastguard crew was not the only Vale-based service in action over the bank holiday period, with the aforementioned Llantwit Major Coastguard also coming to the aid of members of the public in difficulty. In addition to the incident at Monknash, the Llantwit Major Coastguard team joined Porthcawl RNLI in a shoreline search for a person who had been reported stuck on rocks at Dunraven Bay. Following a full and fruitless search, the team was informed that the person in question had managed self-recover and was now safe and well.
Finally, the Barry Dock RNLI also reported to an incident yesterday afternoon with volunteers tasked to recover a broken-down vessel one mile south of Nell’s Point. The crew was able to tow the conked-out craft back to the harbour at Barry with no further issues.
In a lighter moment, while bringing the Barry Dock Lifeboat Inner Wheel II back from Poole to Barry on Saturday following a refit, the RNLI crew witnessed a bit of a magical moment as a pod of, what appears to be, short-beaked common dolphins escorted them on part of their journey back to the Vale of Glamorgan.
WATCH: The RNLI crew of Barry Dock Lifeboat Inner Wheel II escorted by dolphins on their way back to Barry from Poole.
Sharing a video of the event on social media, Barry Dock RNLI said:
“The crew were lucky to witness this sight while bringing Barry Dock Lifeboat Inner Wheel II on passage from Poole back to Barry today. She has been away for refit at the All-weather lifeboat center in Pool. She’s been away a bit longer than planned due to the pandemic but it will be great to have her back.”