South East Wales

Three boats join the rescue of a woman off Barry Island beach

Two pilot boats and an RNLI lifeboat saved a woman who got into difficulty while swimming off Barry Island beach.

The alarm was raised on Thursday by a member of the public who saw the woman being pulled offshore by the wind and tide.

Due to the urgency of the situation pilot boats Robina Fisk and Provident both launched and the crew of the Robin Fisk threw a life-ring to the swimmer.

The woman was then picked up by Barry Dock RNLI inshore lifeboat.

Senior RNLI volunteer crew member, Dave Phillips, said: "Thanks to a member of the public calling 999 and asking for the coastguard, we were able to launch to this swimmer in time to save her life.

"This is a timely reminder that you should only swim on a lifeguarded beach."