Seriously injured woman rescued by RNLI after crashing off Burry Port
A SERIOUSLY injured woman was rescued from Burry Port harbour after a boat crashed into rocks in treacherous conditions.
Burry Port RNLI and coastguard launched on Friday after receiving reports of a vessel run aground near the lighthouse at around 4.30pm.
Volunteer RNLI crew members Darren Sheppard, Robert Davies and Paul Mitchell launched the inshore lifeboat Diane Hilary in atrocious weather conditions as winds of up to force seven winds lashed the coastline.
Once at the scene, the male skipper of the 18ft Shetland motor cruiser informed the crew that the passenger, who was from Llanelli, needed urgent medical attention after falling and suffering a severe blow to the head.
The coastguard requested immediate support from the air ambulance and police helicopter as they continued to assess the situation.
Despite the treacherous conditions, the lifeboat crew positioned their boat alongside the damaged vessel and managed to secure a tow.
After cutting the vessel's anchor, they towed it back to Burry Port marina.
The casualties were transferred to the waiting ambulance and mobile coastguard personnel suffering from cold. They were also suffering from shock and head injuries.
RNLI Burry Port press officer Paul Stewart said: "The lifeboat crew displayed excellent seamanship and team working skills.
"This was a well executed service call carried out in very difficult conditions."