South East Wales

Coastguard appeal after second Dunraven Bay tide rescue

Emergency services have warned the public to take extra care after a second rescue within a week from the same stretch of south Wales coastline.

An 18-year-old and a 10-year-old were saved from the sea after being cut off by the tide at Dunraven Bay, Bridgend, at 16:48 BST on Friday afternoon.

On Sunday four teenagers were winched to safety from cliffs in the area.

Steve Jones of Swansea Coastguard urged people to check tide times before venturing out to the coast.

Rescue services said they were alerted at 16:48 BST on Friday by a fisherman who said he had seen two children cut off by the tide near Southerndown.

The fisherman said the tide was coming in quickly around them and their only escape would be for them to scale the steep cliffs above them.

The Llantwit Major Coastguard Rescue Team and the Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat were sent to the scene by which time the two young people had entered the water.

They were both recovered and brought ashore, where they were reunited with their family and assessed by ambulance paramedics.

Mr Jones, coastguard watch manager, said: "This is the second incidence this week of people being cut off by the tide at the caves in Southerndown, and we would urge members of the public to ensure they, and their families, stay safe at the beach by checking tide times before venturing out.

"We would like to thank the fisherman who alerted us to the two stranded young people, as without his call they could have been in the water for some time before they were spotted."

Last Sunday the four 17-year-olds, all from Cardiff, climbed 30ft (9m) up a cliff at Dunraven Bay to escape the tide.

They were winched to safety by a rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor.

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