Sick jet-skier brought ashore by Llandudno RNLI crew
A male jet skier who had been taken ill whilst at sea was landed ashore in a dramatic rapid-response mission by Llandudno's RNLI inshore lifeboat on Saturday afternoon (2 July).
The man had set off earlier in blustery conditions from Porth Eirias at Colwyn Bay, but by the time he was nearing Llandudno had become ill, and as a result activated his emergency personal locator beacon.
This was quickly responded to by another jet-skier in the area, who on reaching the sick man called the Coastguard to ask for assistance.
Llandudno RNLI's inshore lifeboat, Llandudno Coastguard and an ambulance were scrambled to the incident, with the lifeboat launching at 1.35pm. Within minutes the man had been landed ashore in the lifeboat and using the RNLI Land Rover was passed into the care of the ambulance crew on the promenade. The lifeboat then returned to bring the jet ski ashore to await collection later.
Notes to editors:
The attached picture shows the sick jet-skier as Llandudno RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew arrived on scene. Credit RNLI
For more information please contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.