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.
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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.
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