South East Wales

Boys saved from sea at Porthcawl and Barry

Four boys have been saved in two separate sea rescues in south Wales.

Two 12-year-olds swept out to sea at Rest Bay in Porthcawl and were rescued by a teenager and others on the beach.

Meanwhile, two other children were airlifted to hospital after being rescued near Friar's Point, Barry.

Elsewhere, a man was stuck in mud with water up to his waist at Swansea Bay and a cyclist fell off a coastal path at Rhossili, Gower.

Coastguards in Swansea said an air and sea rescue was launched after the two boys were swept out while body-boarding off Porthcawl.

An 18-year-old woman swam out to help them and pulled one of the boys out of the water, before being helped by others on the beach to reach the second boy.

They were taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend with cuts and bruises.

Members of the Porthcawl coastguard rescue team were joined by the town's RNLI inshore lifeboat and an RAF helicopter in the operation.

A helicopter was also involved in the rescue at Barry.

Coastguard teams, lifeboats and an ambulance were also scrambled following reports of two teenagers in the water.

A spokeswoman said they were rescued by a member of the public and transferred to hospital.

At 1813 BST a mountain biker was taken to hospital after falling off the coastal path at Rhossili.

A short time later the Mumbles Inshore Lifeboat was launched after a 60-year-old man became stuck in mud in Swansea Bay. When the crew reached him he was up to his chest in water.

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