Boat users warned of water danger after crew is cut off
PEOPLE using Carmarthen Bay and the River Towy estuary are being warned to be aware of tidal times after a group of experienced fisherman were stranded.
Ferryside Inshore Rescue crew member Michael Hackfort said the rescue was a warning to others not to be caught out by the tidal flow on the estuary.
He said: "The rescue last week was one of several across the coastlines of Wales, due to people being cut off.
"These were quite experienced fishermen so it shows that you can never be too careful when out on the water or on the banks of the estuary."
The four men had to be rescued after being cut off by the tide while fishing.
The anglers were on a fishing trip to Laugharne when they became trapped on a bank opposite Dylan Thomas's Boathouse.
Ferryside Inshore Rescue lifeboat was launched to rescue the men from Pontarddulais who were aged 19, 29, 54 and 68.
A spokesman for Milford Haven Coastguard said: "The men were cut off by the tide and were close to suffering from hypothermia.
"They were checked over by ambulance after they were brought back to safety."
Mr Hackfort added: "We want to get the message across that the water can be dangerous."
Lifeboat coxswain James Littlejohns who was on the rescue said: "There is such a high tidal flow that it is very easy to be caught out.
"The sand dunes look inviting for a walk or fishing from but the fast rate at which the tide can flow back in towards the estuary can prove a huge risk.
"If people are venturing out into the marshes and dunes then they need to be aware of the tide and allow themselves enough time to get back to the shore."
The volunteer run Ferryside Inshore Rescue is the only dedicated St John life boat station in Wales and has been serving the waters off the village for more than 175 years.