Anglers lost in fog, guided to safety

Two anglers, who became disorientated in fog on a rising tide, were helped to safety last night by the Llantwit Major Coastguard Rescue Team and two lifeboats. Bernie Kemble, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager says:

Before you set out on angling trip, make sure that you prepare well so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time:

1. Check the tide times – this information is widely available on the web. Be particularly aware of spring tides (we are experiencing them at the moment). A spring tide means that high water is higher than usual.

2. Check the weather forecast. Be aware of the potential for fog even following pleasant clear weather.

3. Wear reflective clothing and take a good torch with you.

4. Make sure that you take a means of contact with you (be aware that mobile phone coverage is patchy under cliffs etc).

5. Consider whether you need to wear a lifejacket – for example if you are fishing from rocks near the sea at night. Read more on the MCA website…

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Fisherman plucked from liferaft after boat sinks

A Plymouth fisherman was rescued from his liferaft by lifeboat after his nine-metre fishing vessel, Arandora Star, started taking water, and sank whilst in Bigbury Bay. Brixham Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that they had seen a parachute flare over the bay and that he could see the vessel in difficulty. The coastguard requested the launch of Plymouth RNLI lifeboat and scrambled a rescue helicopter. The pleasure vessel Itinerant Child also saw the flare and went to the aid of the fisherman. The dive vessel outcast responded to a mayday relay message and also went to the scene. Once the lifeboat arrived on scene it was able to rescue the man from his liferaft and take him to shore. He was unharmed although shocked by his ordeal. Matt Thornhill, Brixham Coastguard Watch Officer says:
The fisherman’s vessel sank very quickly, but he was already sensibly wearing a lifejacket and immersion suit, so was able to get into his liferaft and await rescue. He had tried to use his vhf radio to call for help, but unfortunately the batteries were wet so he fired flares to attract attention. Read more on the MCA website…