Search for Boy Swept out to Sea

The search for a boy swept out to sea at the harbour wall in Porthcawl at around 6:30pm last night (Friday 21st) has restarted.

Swansea coastguard is co-ordinating the search involving a number of lifeboat crews and two helicopters.

It is believed that the boy was local to Portcawl.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said survival time in the water at this time of year was estimated to be about three hours.

Swansea Coastguard reported:

“Swansea Coastguard received 999 calls at 5.33pm reporting that a boy had been seen being swept away from the Porthcawl Pier at 5.33pm today and an immediate search was launched involving Porthcawl and Mumbles RNLI Lifeboats, Atlantic College inshore lifeboat, Porthcawl and Port Talbot Coastguard Rescue Teams, Rescue Helicopter 169 from RAF Chivenor, a Police Helicopter and a privately owned local RHIB.

“The sea conditions have been moderate to rough today and a higher than average high tide.
The search continues at this time and there has been no sighting of the boy since 6.33pm.”

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