A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital from Aberavon beach, after suffering an angina attack.
All emergency services were called to the scene on the west side of the beach — just minutes away from where Dr Who was being filmed (see page 3).
And those who helped the 43-year-old have been praised for their quick response by eye witnesses on the beach.
Mel Cooper, press officer for Port Talbot Lifeboat Station, which was called out, along with Port Talbot Coastguards, said: "We had the call at 12.41pm to go out to the dunes, not far off from where they had been filming Dr Who.
"The 43-year-old lady had suffered a nasty angina attack, at the western end of the promenade.
"But because the tide was in, the beach was cut in half.
"The ambulance itself could not get down to her, so they asked us to launch."
He said the initial idea was for the lifeboat crew to put the patient on a stretcher, and carry her back to the slip way, but this wasn't possible.
"So we were forced to call out 169 from Chivenor, because Helimed was not available," added Mr Cooper.
"Paramedics treated her on the beach, and then the helicopter arrived."
He said the woman was able to walk to the helicopter by the time it arrived to take her to Morriston Hospital.
Firefighters, police and ambulance were also on scene, Mr Cooper said, adding: "We had the full emergency services there."
The lifeboat crew involved included Reggie Perring, Dan Protheroe and Ryan Thoms, who were stood down by 1.55pm.
A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call and attended to assist ambulance crews with oxygen therapy.
On Facebook, Jan Mason posted pictures, praising the speed of the emergency services.
She said: "We watched the life boat being launched they were out and gone within minutes.
"(It's a) brilliant service we have here, (it was) fantastic we couldn't get over how fast everyone shot in and were in the boat."