Rescued fisherman off Southerndown 'lucky to survive'

A fisherman rescued from 3m high waves was said to be "very lucky to survive" after being reached by a lifeboat crew following an emergency call.

The crew spotted him struggling in the sea near Southerndown, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, on Tuesday morning.

One crew member jumped into the water to keep him afloat and two others managed to pull him into the boat.

The RNLI called it "a fantastic rescue by our volunteer crew in such a dangerous area".

The Porthcawl crew were alerted just after 06:00 BST with a report of a person in difficulties in the water at Witches Point, Southerndown.

'Large waves'

Helmsman Ross Purchase said a friend of the man was on rocks waving and pointing to the water.

The fisherman in the water was not wearing any floatation device and one crew member helped keep him buoyant as he was at risk of going under.

"I am sure that if we had not got to him when we did, the outcome could have been very different, as he had been in the water quite a time in just jeans and a tee shirt," said Mr Purchase.

"Due to the large waves at Witches Point, there was no way he could have got out."

Deputy launching authority Aileen Jones said "The fisherman was very lucky to survive, as his friend who was with him called 999 on his mobile phone, and informed the coastguard that he was in the water."

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