South Wales surfers, swimmer in coast rescues

Eight people were rescued from two locations off the south Wales coastline on Sunday, say emergency services.

Seven people, including five surfers, were cut off by the tide at Worms Head, on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea, on Sunday afternoon.

A male swimmer was later picked up from Nells Point on Barry Island in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Coastguards warned the public to be aware of their safety in freezing winter temperatures.

The Rhossili Coastguard rescue team and the Horton RNLI inshore lifeboat were both scrambled to Worm's Head at 1400 GMT, said Swansea Coastguard.

A doctor among the crew treated one surfer for a gashed leg.

Later, coastguards were called to Nells Point after reports of three people, including two fishermen in dry suits, by the water's edge.

A 30-year-old man had swum across to the point, said coastguards, despite being discouraged from doing so by the two fishermen.

He was discovered, in normal outer clothing, exceptionally cold although wrapped in a blanket, and needed urgent medical attention for possible hypothermia.

The Penarth Coastguard rescue team and RNLI Penarth inshore lifeboat were sent to the scene and a rescue helicopter was also scrambled.

Both alerts were prompted by look-outs belonging to the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), said a coastguard spokesman.

Bernie Kemble, duty watch manager at Swansea Coastguard said: "Fortunately the weather was clear with good visibility which aided the lifeboat crew.

"And our thanks are due to the NCI team for spotting the two distressed individuals initially.

"But it is worth remembering that with the temperature dropping as we move into winter, hypothermia can be a killer."

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