RNLI continue to urge the public to stay off the water
Earlier this week, the volunteer crew of the Mumbles inshore lifeboat were tasked by the UK Coastguard at Milford Haven. The Coastguard had received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen a paddle boarder without a paddle, waving his arms. The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat and picked up the paddle boarder around half a mile offshore.
The casualty had lost his paddle and became concerned as he started to drift offshore.
“We’re immensely grateful to the member of the public who called for help,” says Lifeboat Press Officer, Andy Miles. “In normal circumstances we would always advise anyone going on the water to ensure they carry a means of calling for help (ideally a VHF radio) and always wear a life jacket. The current advice from the RNLI is ‘Stay off the water, Stay out of the water. Stay home, protect the NHS, Save lives’.”
The paddle boarder was returned to shore and advised by The Coastguard Rescue team at The Mumbles and officers from South Wales police.