Pwllheli RNLI volunteers responded to drifting inflatable dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Pwllheli RNLI rescue's individual drifting in inflatable dinghy yesterday morning (Monday) after an off shore breeze pulled them out to sea

Pwllheli's RNLI inshore lifeboat Leslie & Peter Downes was launched at 9:15am to reports of a person drifting out to sea in an inflatable dinghy - just off Abererch Sands. While preparing the inflatable dinghy for their family day at the beach, unfortunately the individual drifted out of their depth and found themselves in need of assistance as the offshore wind caught the inflatable unexpected.

Volunteers on the inshore lifeboat arrived within minutes to find that the inflatable dinghy and it's occupant had drifted nearly 3/4 of a mile south east of their original position. Volunteers quickly came along side the dinghy and established a tow back to their original position on the beach.

Andrew Green, volunteer helm on the inshore lifeboat said: 'It's very easy for individuals to get caught out by the offshore winds in Inflatable dinghies and craft's as it catches people unaware. The family responded appropriately with regards to alerting the coastguard and within minutes we were with the individual. It highlight the need to respect the water and determining factors when spending time around our coastline'

Once the individual was dropped back to the beach,  the RNLI inshore lifeboat made it's way back to the station and was ready for service once again at 9:45am 


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