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Trearddur Bay RNLI come to the aid of divers

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station were alerted by pager on Saturday afternoon to assist 2 divers near Porth Dafarch Beach.

Holyhead Coastguard had received an urgent call from a local diving club reporting that one of their divers was struggling with fatigue near the south side entrance to Porth Dafarch and was accompanied by a second diver whose condition was unknown.

As the divers were reported to be holding on to rocks the decision was taken to launch the stations smaller boat, the D Class, first. This was closely followed by the larger RNLI B Class Atlantic acting as safety cover.

After arriving on scene crew member Mike Doran attending the casualty said ‘one diver seemed to be very tired and holding on to the rocks, we immediately lifted him on board of the D Class and returned him ashore, fortunately no medical attention was required’.

The second diver, who had stayed to look after his diving partner, was assisted by the crew on board the Atlantic and also returned to shore.

Volunteer Deputy Launch Authority John Hanby later said ‘although a fatigued diver might not appear to be an emergency the club did the right thing, things could have escalated very quickly in those circumstances. That kind of rescue getting right in amongst the rocks is exactly what our volunteers train to do and practice regularly.’

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