Two ‘drunk mums’ arrested for neglect after taking kids night swimming in sea

Two mums have been arrested for neglect after taking their children night swimming in the cold sea.

Rescuers were called to a beauty spot beach after a delivery driver raised the alarm over four children in the water on Tuesday night.

When police and coastguards arrived at Caswell Bay, near Swansea, the children were back on the sand and given blankets to warm up.

A 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in charge of a vehicle and child neglect, and a 33-year-old was held on suspicion of child neglect.

Mumbles Coastguard tweeted: “Caswell Bay, pitch darkness, high tide, blowing a force four is not the place for your children’s swimming lessons.”

The temperature was a chilly 12°c in Swansea last night as the emergency crews arrived on the scene.

Just days ago a dad and daughter died after being swept into sea from harbour wall in Cornwall.

Matthew Philip Smith, 47, and Bonnie Marie Smith, 26, were winched from the water during a massive rescue effort at Mullion Cove on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall on November 2.

However, the tragic pair, who were from Abbeydale in Gloucestershire, could not be saved.

The father and daughter were visiting the beauty spot in South West England just three days before the country entered its second national Covid-19 lockdown, when a huge wave knocked them into the rough sea.

An inquest has now been opened into their deaths with a full hearing to follow in due course.