Swimmer rescued from sea by kayakers at Barry Island

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image captionThe 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."

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