Video: Pilot makes miraculous escape after ditching plane off Welsh coast

Small plane in sea with lifeboat

Crews from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) were on hand to assist after a light aircraft ditched off the south Wales coast.

Footage of the incident shows just how lucky the pilot was to escape as he was forced to ditch the light aircraft into the sea.

The volunteer RNLI crew at Porthcawl were paged at 9.22am yesterday (13 June) following reports of a light aircraft in the sea between the lifeboat station and the Seabank Hotel at Porthcawl. The Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched to assist.

The solo pilot was taken into care of the coastguard teams as lifeboats from RNLI Porthcawl Lifeboat Station ensured the aircraft was secure and did not become a danger to navigation at sea.

RNLI crew attend the scene

Chris Page, Porthcawl lifeboat press officer says: “We were incredibly relieved to arrive on scene to find the pilot was able to be safely recovered. This was a real multi-agency effort between the fire service, police, ambulance service, the coastguard and the RNLI.”

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