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The search has resumed this morning for an angler who was seen falling from the Tawe Lock gates into the River Tawe last night.
A 999 call was received by the UK Coastguard from a member of the public at 00.18 this morning. Mumbles Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard helicopter from St Athan were sent to the scene and the Mumbles RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch. Police, ambulance and the Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene.
After an intensive search of the area in the early hours of this morning, the search was suspended. The search was resumed at 8.00 this morning with the Mumbles and Port Talbot Coastguard Rescue Teams, Police search teams and the Mumbles RNLI all weather lifeboat.
Pete Summers who is the Coastguard Area Commander and currently on scene with the coastguard rescue teams says:
“We are very concerned for the safety of this man. The weather last night was challenging with a moderate to rough sea, rain and winds gusting up to gale force. The coastguard rescue teams’ search this morning will be land-based, whilst the lifeboat will be searching the Swansea Bay area.
#marinewildlife – The recent discovery by a local angler of the decaying remains of an exotic fish specimen in the River Suck at Correen Ford in the Midlands has raised further concern of the threat to our native wildlife from aquarium releases by otherwise well-meaning individuals. This latest discovery followed by that of a Yellow-bellied Slider turtle on the River Maigue, in Co. Limerick last week.
Despite the partially decomposed state of the fish, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) staff, in consultation with international experts, believe the six inch-long, sharp-toothed specimen to be a Dragonfish (also known as a Violet or Dragon Goby). This fish is native to North and South America and can be purchased in Ireland for private aquariums.
As it is regarded as a warm water species, the Dragonfish is not considered to be able to survive in the wild in Ireland. However, according to Dr Joe Caffrey, Senior Research Officer with IFI, "There are many exotic species of potential concern sold in the aquarium trade in Ireland. These include non-native freshwater fishes, crayfish and aquatic plants. If these are released to the wild they could seriously threaten our native biodiversity and ecosystem function, and the continued conservation of internationally important native species in our rivers and lakes. It is imperative that the public and all stakeholders are aware of the potential damage that exotic animals or plants which are deliberately introduced to the wild can inflict upon our unique wildlife and habitats."
In recent years, human-mediated introductions of non-native species such as Asian Clam, Australian Swamp Stonecrop, South African Pondweed and Zebra Mussel into Irish waterways have resulted in detrimental impacts to native species and habitats, degraded the amenity value of areas that become infested and required costly control measures to be implemented to mitigate these impacts.
Under the European Communities Birds and Natural Habitats Regulations 2011, the unlicensed release to the wild of any animal species, which is not ordinarily resident in Ireland or a regular visitor to the country, in a wild state is an offence.
Any sightings of exotic plants or animals found in or around our waterways can be reported to IFI through the 'IFI Invasive Species' smart phone app which is available to download from the Google Play and iTunes App stores.
The app aids users to report and identify exotic species and take geo-referenced photographs that can immediately be sent to IFI scientists for review. If the sighting is of something new or particularly worrying, this will trigger an immediate on-site survey by IFI staff. IFI want as many people as possible to use this app and help it in its ongoing battle against aquatic invasive species.
At just after 1pm Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public who had witnessed the person fall in to the sea from cliffs adjacent to the historic St. Ninians Chapel. They immediately sent the Coastguard Rescue Team from the Isle of Whithorn, the Royal Navy rescue helicopter from Prestwick and the RNLI Lifeboat from Kirkcudbright.
As the Whithorn Coastguard team arrived on scene, members of the public were just bringing the person ashore. He is believed to have sustained a broken leg and head injuries in the fall. He was winched on board the helicopter and taken to Crosshouse Hospital near Kilmarnock.
Tony Topping Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager said:
"We're not really sure how the angler ended up falling from a ledge in to the sea but cliff edges are dangerous places and we would ask people to take particular care.
"If you are walking along coastal paths make sure that you are properly equipped. In particular remember to wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather forecast before you set out. Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so. Do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top. Do not attempt self rescue. If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
The man who is on holiday in the area was out angling on Lough Erne in his 2.4 metre open boat, when he got into difficulty and ended up in the water. His boat which was powered by an electric outboard hit ice on the lough and the man who is in his 30's ended up in the water.
He managed to get himself out of the water and made it safely ashore to a small island called Belle Island which is in the upper Lough Erne, County Fermanagh.
Belfast Coastguard called out Erne Coastguard Rescue team, requested the launch of Carrybridge RNLI inshore lifeboat and scrambled the Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter R -118.
The man who was well equipped for angling is suffering the effects of the cold water and sub zero temperatures.
He has been recovered by the Carrybridge lifeboat from a remote and inaccessible part of the island and taken to his accommodation on the Island to warm up.
Steve Carson, Watch Manager, Belfast Coastguard said:
This man was fortunate in this incident.
Unfortunately, with the adverse weather that we are experiencing, people are still taking unnecessary risks. The weather and the forecasted weather has been widely publicised in the media. In past years when this Lough has frozen, we have had calls about people venturing onto the ice, on foot and in vehicles. This is madness, and will end up in disaster if people do not heed the warnings.
Please do not place yourself at risk anytime, but with the extreme weather we are experiencing, that message is highly important.