PENARTH FIRE-FIGHTERS RESCUE WOMAN “TRYING TO SWIM TO CARDIFF”

The Penarth Fireboat speeds back to its base at the Cardiff Bay Barrage after the successful rescue

The Penarth Fireboat speeds back to its base at the Cardiff Bay Barrage tonight  (Saturday) after the successful rescue

There was a full scale emergency in Cardiff Bay tonight (Saturday October 15th) following reports that a 20-year-old woman was attempting to swim from Penarth to Cardiff – across Cardiff Bay after dark.

A National Police Air Service  helicopter using a  NightSun spotlight and heat-seeking equipment circled  the area. Once its crew had sighted the women  they kept the powerful spotlight trained on the casualty and threw a lifebuoy to her .

The NPAS helicopter trained its powerful searchlight onto the casualty until she could be reached by the fireboat crew

The NPAS helicopter trained its powerful searchlight onto the casualty until she could be picked up out of the water and brought to safety

A PDN eyewitness, who watched the incident unfold from Penarth Heights, says that the casualty was initially picked up out of the water by a local yacht.

However Penarth Coastguard says the woman was found “clinging to moored yacht Cardiff Bay” and was pulled out of the water by the crew of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Fireboat which is  based on the Penarth side of the barrage. The boat had been launched to go to her aid and is crewed by Penarth fire-fighters.

After ambulance paramedics carried out an initial assessment of the casualty she was rushed to the casualty unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff

After ambulance paramedics carried out an initial assessment of the casualty she was rushed to the casualty unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff

An NHS ambulance, police cars and a mobile incident unit arrived at John Batchelor Way in Penarth Marina – ( the road which follows the southern bank of the River Ely opposite Cardiff Bay Yacht Club’s slipway) .

There is a set of steps, set into the embankment of the River Ely, which lead down the water at this point.

The Penarth fireboat which rescued the casualty. The lighting on the boat is coloured red so as not to interfere with the crew's night vision

The Penarth fireboat which brought the casualty to dry land. The lighting on the boat is coloured red so as not to interfere with the crew’s night vision

The casualty was  landed at John Batchelor Way where she received immediate medical attention by NHS ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital .

Who raised the alarm has yet to be established but a number of spectators on Cardiff Barrage and in the Marina area witnessed the entire emergency and were relieved to find the woman had been rescued and was safe.

On Cardiff Bay Barragen the Penarth fire and rescue team which launched the rescue boat waits for news

On Cardiff Bay Barrage the Penarth fire and rescue team which launched the rescue boat waits for news and for the return of its boat-crew.

The fire-crew dealing with this incident are understood to be the same firefighters’ watch which  dealt with yesterday’s fire at the Clive Arms pub in John St, Penarth.

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4 Responses to PENARTH FIRE-FIGHTERS RESCUE WOMAN “TRYING TO SWIM TO CARDIFF”

  1. leighA says:

    Watching the whole incident from Penarth Heights I believe the casualty was actually, initially, picked up by a local yacht that had fortunately gone to her assistance.

    • AK says:

      I wonder if she had fallen off the yacht in the first place. No doubt we’ll hear all about it in due course.
      Lifejackets – useless unless worn
      Lifebuoys – useless unless accessible

      Glad she is safe !

  2. Denise says:

    Watching from our balcony could hear her shouting for help when helicopter was circulating to try and find her. The rescue teams were excellent as it was very dark and the yacht picked her up and passed her to the fire crew in their rib. Glad she is ok.

  3. Ivor Bagman says:

    In Wales we call them
    Hedducopters !

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