The summer sunshine enjoyed in Barry recently has attracted more visitors to the beach and into the sea.

However, there is another side to this which may not be at the forefront of our thoughts as we head down to Whitmore Bay.

The increased numbers has had an impact on the amount of incidents that the local Coastguard has had to deal with. So far this year, Barry Coastguard has dealt with a sharp rise in the number of call-outs, currently standing at 42 which is currently above last year’s average.

The Coastguard responds to people in distress at sea or along the coast and shorelines of the United Kingdom.

This weekend Barry Coastguard held a recruitment day to encourage more people to become volunteers for the lifesaving organisation, which can help to address their current pressures.

At present there are 9 volunteers within their team, however they are looking to welcome 4 new team members. 

After visiting the team, Vale MP Alun Cairns described the Coastguard as “key to ensuring safety along our coastlines”. He said, “The Coastguard plays a huge role in keeping people safe, especially at this time of year. We have seen some

lovely weather recently but unfortunately with the increase in visitors comes an increase in incidents.”

“We are incredibly fortunate here in the Vale that we have such a quick responding team to help those in distress and I would like to pay tribute to the volunteers who give their time to provide this vital service.”

To apply for a position within this vital organisation, you can contact Barry Coastguard through their Facebook page or other social media platforms.