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Kayakers praise help from 'hero' after Oxwich incident

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

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A GROUP of kayakers who got into difficulties in high winds want to thank a 'hero' who helped them.

Emma Williams and her group of friends booked a kayaking hire session with Oxwich Water Sports Centre on Saturday, May 10.

The water sports centre said on arrival the group were given instruction not to kayak near the rocks and to keep to the sheltered area.

Emma said the group wanted to cancel as they were concerned about the strong winds.

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Oxwich Watersports Centre said they offered the friends the option to rearrange to another day which they did not want to do.

The group then entered the water and got into difficulty.

Emma said: "The double kayak I was sharing with my friend was washed into a rocky cove and eventually capsized and hit both of us on the head leaving us disorientated and extremely scared.

"Luckily, a member of the public who was watching with his two young children and dog Tilly had observed that we were experiencing difficulty and risked his own life to climb down onto the rocks to assist us."

Managing director of Oxwich Water Sports Centre, Ceri Davies, has offered the group a free session.

He said: "On the day in question staff at Oxwich Bay operated in a safe and professional manner."


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