BURRY Port RNLI had a very special visit this week from people involved in the recent call on Sunday (Aug 19) at Blue Pool, North Gower.

It involved a young boy and a lady who dived in to assist him.

Both families came over from Swansea to meet up with the crew, on what turned out to be a very emotional occasion.

10-year-old Jude attended with his parents and three elder brothers and the lady who went to assist him, Ceri, came with her husband and two children.

After a quick greeting in the crew room, both families were given a tour of the facilities including both lifeboats accompanied by crew members.

Official photos were taken and Jude’s father Paul, gave a heart felt speech with a special thank you to all the team and with a few words from Ceri. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the Boathouse.

Both of the volunteer helmsmen on the ‘shout’ presented each family with a set of framed photographs of the crew and lifeboats in action. Every crew member present were introduced to both families by Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Bowen.

Also in attendance were Lauren (PR dept) and Ollie (media) who travelled up from Poole (RNLI HQ), and brought with them a box of trendy ‘goodies’ for the younger family members. As a result of the visit the families have agreed to assist the RNLI in next years safety campaign.

A spokesperson for RNLI said: “It was a heart warming meeting, which hopefully will help both families to move on from their experience. It also gave the crew a sense of pride making us all think that what we do is a really worthwhile service.

“We are all delighted that they came to see us, it was a tough meeting on the emotions for all concerned but we gave them an open invitation to come back to see us in the future, especially when the New Lifeboat Station is up and running.”

Photos: Burry Port RNLI

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