Porthcawl RNLI launch new website

Lifeboats News Release

Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat launch their new website with a special feature, ‘Live Streaming’ which will give web users the ability to watch the power of the waves crashing over the breakwater in safety and from the comfort of their home.

Waves crashing over Porthcawl attract large numbers of spectators

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Waves towering over Porthcawl Breakwater

The website, www.porthcawl-lifeboat.co.uk which is linked to a webcam, will allow users to click onto ‘Live Streaming’ and view the breakwater and sea conditions live. Other key features include real time wind speed and direction, rainfall temperature and most useful to all sea and coastal visitors the tide times and tide height for that day.

‘Our new website and webcam all came about following a substantial donation earlier this year from Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim', said Lifeboat Operations Manager Phil Missen MBE.

'We decided to use the donation to provide a new website linked to a webcam that would not only provide valuable up to date information that could be used to make our coastline safer for those who use the sea, beaches and coastal walks but also show some spectacular views, especially during stormy weather. In recent years our breakwater has become a visual attraction during storms, professional and amateur photographers together with sightseers want to witness and record nature’s power. Waves higher than our lighthouse have become familiar scenes in the media and on regional and national television news and weather bulletins. With our new web based facilities it will be possible for web users around the world to watch the waves crashing skywards safely.'

Website manager and Helm at Porthcawl RNLI, Chris Page, said, ‘We have had very positive feedback from people who have come across our new website even before its official launch and we plan to build more information on to the site in the future. Obviously the webcam has had many hits from throughout the UK and various locations abroad and other features that are proving popular are Latest Shouts, Events and News Releases. We expect the site’s popularity to grow following the official launch and to be a big success, especially when we get forecasts of storms in the Bristol Channel. The site will also support various RNLI campaigns and safety drives and if just one life is saved based on information read on our website we will have fulfilled one of our main aims.

'We are looking forward to next spring when plans are in place to get high speed broadband access installed in our lifeboat station and this will improve our picture quality even more’.

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Ian Stroud, Lifeboat Press Officer, Porthcawl RNLI, on 07590 777875, Carl Evans, Assistant Lifeboat Press Officer, Porthcawl RNLI, on 07919 227723 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

Waves smother Porthcawl breakwater and lighthouse

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Large waves at the breakwater
Showing the comparison of the height of waves compared to lifeboat station

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Porthcawl RNLI Station dwarfed by wave

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