A WOMAN is in critical condition in hospital after being rescued from the sea of a Carmarthenshire beach this afternoon.
Lifeboat and coastguard crews along with an RAF rescue helicopter and Dyfed-Powys Police were called to Cefn Sidan just before 5pm following reports of two people in difficulty in the water.
Lifeboats from Burry Port managed to pluck the women to safety.
One of the casualties was then winched aboard the RAF chopper and flown to Morriston Hospital where her condition is tonight described as critical. The second was taken ashore by the lifeboat and then driven to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen by ambulance.
It is thought the women had been caught out by the incoming tide, and a member of the public on the beach raised the alarm.
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by Swansea Coastguard centre.
A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Police can confirm that earlier this afternoon, just before 5pm, they assisted the RNLI and Coastguard at an incident where reports suggested two women were cut off by water at Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire.
“Both women were rescued from the water and have been taken to hospital.
“One casualty was airlifted by the RAF to Morriston hospital in a critical condition and the other was taken by ambulance to West Wales General Hospital.”