Conwy RNLI New Years Eve launch to person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.57pm on New Years Eve (Saturday 31 December 2016), UK Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat to a report of a person in the water near Deganwy.

The RNLI lifeboat D-765 The May-Bob launched with a volunteer crew of three minutes after the pagers sounding.

The lifeboat made best speed to Deganwy area of the river to conduct a search in liaison with Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team, whom conducted a shoreline search.

As the search neared completion, it was determined by UK Coastguard that the call was more than likely a Hoax call, which had been made from a phone box away from the coast.

Once the crew and Coastguards were satisfied that the area had been thoroughly searched, the lifeboat was released to return to station. Once back at station, the lifeboat was cleaned, refueled and made ready for service.

The volunteer crew returned to their friends and families with just minutes to spare to see the new year in at midnight.

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