Maritime services rescue three children and their father from rip currents at Gower.

THE rescue helicopter from Chivenor was called over to South Wales yesterday (Tuesday) after a man and his three young children became trapped in a rip current.

Swansea Coastguard was called at 2.30pm by the children’s frantic mother to a beach at Three Cliff Bay on the South Gower coast.

The helicopter was scrambled, together with Mumbles inshore lifeboat and Oxwich coastguard rescue team were sent to the scene. A distress message was broadcast by the coastguard and several vessels responded.

One of the children had managed to make it to rocks and was rescued by the lifeboat from there. The other two children and their father were picked up from the water by the lifeboat.

All four were airlifted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea suffering from shock and having swallowed sea water.

“If you are visiting the beach, try to go to one which is patrolled by lifeguards and swim between the flags,” said David Jones, Swansea Coastguard watch manager.

“Take notice of any warning signs. In an emergency tell the lifeguard if one is available or if on an unguarded beach call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”