RNLI lifeboat volunteers dash out of wedding to attend an emergency

Wedding (alarm) bells! Guests who are RNLI lifeboat volunteers were forced dash from the church after getting paged for an emergency rescue

  • Mark Broadway and Jessie Wilde’s wedding in Porthcawl was interrupted 
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A bride and groom were jilted by five of their own guests on their big day after they were called out to an emergency rescue.

The guests, who volunteer as RNLI lifeboat crew members, received an emergency call during the ceremony at Mark Broadway and Jessie Wilde’s wedding at All Saints Church in Porthcawl, South Wales and had to make a dash for it.

The rescuers were called to two people who had been trapped by an incoming tide at Southerndown beach last Saturday.

Fascinating video footage taken from the bodycam of one of the rescuers showed the rough waters they travelled in to make their way to the beach.

As they get to shore and reach the trapped couple, one of the rescuers, Luke Anderson, can be heard telling them about the wedding and saying: ‘It’s alright, it was before the sermon!’

Mark, who is also a volunteer, revealed after the wedding that he had joked about his fellow crew members potentially getting called out just as the ceremony was about to begin.

He began the ceremony telling guests to turn off their mobile phones – but added: ‘Unless you’re lifeboat crew and might get a shout.’ 

But the groom, 35, had no idea he had tempted fate with his little joke as just 17 minutes into the wedding day, his friends had to leave.

Mark said: ‘I didn’t really expect that 17 minutes into the ceremony the pagers really would sound followed by crew rushing out of the church.

The wedding of Mark Broadway and Jessie Wilde was disrupted just 17 minutes in after five of their guests were called out to an emergency rescue with the RNLI lifeboat crew in Porthcawl, South Wales

Footage from the bodycam of one of the volunteers saw them speeding off to reach two people who had been stranded on a beach in high tide

Jessie arrived at her wedding ceremony at All Saints Church in Porthcawl, where she was surrounded by volunteers from the RNLI

Mark, who is also an RNLI lifeboat volunteer, put his fellow rescuers front and centre in his wedding day

Mark and Jessie brought a lifeboat into their wedding ceremony and kissed in it outside the church where they married

Bodycam footage showed the rescuers, who had to leave the wedding ceremony 17 minutes in, on their way to Southerndown beach

The bodycam footage showed the rescuers reaching the beach where they came to the aid of two stranded people

‘Thankfully I wasn’t on call during my wedding to Jessie but many of the crew who were at our wedding were. It’s the first church service I was involved in where the pagers have gone off.

‘It was quite fitting for our guests to see how RNLI volunteers will drop everything to respond when the call comes as we’d asked guests to donate to our chosen charities rather than give gifts and the RNLI was one.’ 

After being paged by HM Coastguard, the Porthcawl RNLI’s volunteer crew swapped their suits for drysuits to launch the Atlantic 85 lifeboat Edna May and D Class lifeboat Hugo Missen.

Coastguard teams from Llantwit Major and Barry along with the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter based at St. Athan were also called out.

Crew member Luke went ashore to reassure the stranded people and let them know the plan for how they would be rescued.

They were then carried to safety by a Coastguard helicopter before they were taken to the landing site on a field above a cliff top.

Luke said: ‘Within the space of an hour I was sat in a church for one of the crew’s weddings, then I found myself on the lifeboat, followed by a short trip in a helicopter and ended up stood in the middle of a field in Southerndown.

‘As the surf breaking onto the shore was quite large it was safer for me to get picked up by the helicopter than make my way back out to the lifeboat from the shore.’

Groom Mark – who is a clergyman – and his bride Jessie, 33, were visited by the crew after the rescue mission and even had a photo in the lifeboat.

Mark added: ‘The D Class crew stopped off outside the church on their way back from Newton slipway to congratulate us just after the ceremony had finished.

‘It was great to see the crew and as they had the D Class with them it gave us a lovely opportunity to have a photo on the lifeboat.’

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