26th August 2021. The volunteers of the National Coastwatch Institution station at Porthcawl assisted in the rescue of two horse riders who had come off their horses while riding in the sand dunes near Bridgend.

 NCI Porthcawl were asked to assist in locating the casualties and the Welsh Ambulance Service was called to the scene around 4pm where they assessed the casualties. Further assistance was requested from the Coastguard who dispatched teams from the Porthcawl and Llantwit Major Coastguard, and a coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon to assist with the recovery.

A spokesperson from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "At around 4.40pm yesterday, Porthcawl and Llantwit Major Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Porthcawl National Coastwatch Institution and the coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon were sent to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service following a report that two horse riders had been thrown from their horses in Merthyr Mawr dunes. The casualties were assessed by paramedics and evacuated to hospital by the helicopter."

(Photo courtesy of Wales Online)

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Currently 57 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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