Mobile phone proves life-saving for pair rescued off Carmarthenshire coast
A MOBILE phone helped to save the lives of two people whose boat capsized and sunk in the waters off the Carmarthenshire coast.
The pair ran into trouble when their 17 foot angling boat struck a sandbank and overturned in the Burry Estuary.
All their kit, including their radio and other equipment onboard, sunk in the incident which happened this morning at 1.10am.
A spokesman for the coastguard said they were lucky to be alive after they managed to raise the alarm through their mobile phone.
He said: “A 17 foot angling boat capsized and sunk in the Burry Estuary.
“It hit a sandbank and overturned.
“We had the report of the incident at 1.10am this morning.
“The persons on board were both safe and well after being picked up by Burry Port inshore life boat.
“Loughor inshore life boat were also in the water.”
He added: “They were very very lucky.
“The radio and all the equipment on board all ended up in the water.
“They were well equipped and had a mobile phone which was still usable.
“They were okay mainly due to the clothes they were wearing.
“The phone helped to save their lives.”
The lifeboat reached the pair 20 minutes after the alarm was raised.