South East Wales

Swimmer rescued from sea by kayakers at Barry Island

Whitmore Bay Image copyright Steve Daniels
Image caption The RNLI warned swimmers against swimming against the tide and wind

A swimmer has been rescued by kayakers off the south Wales coast.

The man got into difficulty in the sea at Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, on Sunday at about 19:20 BST.

His friends, who were also swimming, tried to help him but began to struggle against the tide and wind, according to the RNLI which launched a lifeboat after the alarm was raised.

But a group of kayakers nearby were able to save the swimmer and help his friends back to shore.

RNLI coxswain Hugh Davies said: "Always swim at a lifeguarded beach and respect the water.

"Swimming in the sea with tides and wind against you can be much tougher than swimming in a pool."