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First call out for two new crew at Horton and Port Eynon RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat was launched after information was received that two people were cut off on Worms Head by the incoming tide on yesterday (Tuesday 5 April).

The lifeboat was quickly launched and made its way to Worms Head.

The people on the headland did not wait for the lifeboat and had waded ashore by the time the lifeboat arrived.

The volunteer crew were Stuart Payne (Helmsman), David Tonge and Patrick Rixson and it was the first  rescue for both David and Patrick since completin their training and becoming volunteer lifeboat crew members.   

Lawrie Grove, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat station, said: ‘Worms Head is an iconic Gower landmark.

Many peopleMany people, particularly visitors, are tempted to cross the causeway from Rhossili to Worms Head. However the causeway is only open for a window of about two-and-a-half hours before and after low tide.  

'If anyone is going to cross the causeway then they should first check the tide times and ensure that they can complete the crossing within the times that it is open.

'If cut off on Worms Head, then I would advise anyone against attempting to wade ashore. It is particularly dangerous to do so and people are safer staying where they are and calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.’

Shortly before the launch to Worms Head on Tuesday information was received that a lady was injured at Tor Bay, Gower, in a separate incident. Shortly before the Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat was launched information was received that members of the coastguard team were at the scene and were conveying the lady to safety so there was no need for the lifeboat's presence.

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows Stuart Payne (Helmsman), David Tonge and Patrick Rixson, the Horton and Port Eynon RNLI volunteers involved in Tuesday's shout to Worms Head.

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For more information please contact Brin Hurford, Horton and Port Eynon RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, by email on brinleyhurford@hotmail.com or by calling 07968 269550 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Public Relations Manager, Wales and West, on 07786 668829 or by email on danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk.

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