THE Burry Port RNLI were called out for the 7th time this year on Saturday (April 14) to rescue four people and a dog who were stranded on the tidal island of Burry Holmes.

The team were given a launch request from UK Coastguard through their pager system at 4:11pm to assist the stranded who were cut off by the incoming tide at Burry Holmes and were unable to cross the causeway to return to safety.

Alun Wells of RLNI said: “The D class lifeboat ‘Diane Hilary’ was launched, ably crewed by Darren Sheppard, Paul Stewart and ‘Titch’ Evans, and backed-up by our shore crew, who provided some skilful marshalling in the constricted space around the new station construction site.

“The lifeboat was launched at 16:20pm. Immediately after launching, our Atlantic 75 lifeboat was prepared for launch, but kept on hold on the beach, in case any back-up or further emergencies arose in our patch.

“The casualties and dog were quickly located, perching safely on Burry Holmes, fitted with lifejackets and transported to Rhossili Beach and handed over to the UK Coastguard team.

“The D class boat returned to station safely, and was re-fuelled and housed and made ready for service.”

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