South East Wales

Canoeist saved by fishing boat crew off Porthcawl

Image caption RNLI crew return to shore with the man's canoe after the rescue

RNLI rescuers praised the quick response of a fishing boat crew who plucked a capsized canoeist from the sea off Porthcawl in south Wales.

He needed hospital treatment for hypothermia after the incident off Sker Beach on Sunday at 11:40 GMT.

The canoeist was transferred to a RNLI boat and then met by paramedics at the lifeboat station.

"It was a good job the crew spotted the canoeist in the water when they did," said RNLI helmsman Simon Emms.

"If he had been in the freezing water for a few minutes longer, the outcome would have been totally different."