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Four RNLI lifeboats join major search operation

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 11pm on Friday (22 July) to join RNLI lifeboats from Rhyl, Beaumaris and Conwy in a major search operation covering the sea area off north Wales.

It came  after a spoken word 'Mayday' transmission from the Llandudno area was heard by coastguards at Holyhead.

Also taking part in the comprehensive search of the sea and coastline were a number of coastguard teams ashore together with Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopters from Caernarfon and Prestwick.

After some four hours searching nothing amiss had been found and operations were suspended. 

Llandudno's crew brought the Andy Pearce lifeboat back to the resort at around 3am for recovery and preparation for further service. The other lifeboats were back on station shortly after.

Notes to editors:

The pictures attached show:

- On Saturday at 3.30am Llandudno RNLI's volunteer crew members service their lifeboat after her four hours at sea.

- Conwy RNLI's d-class inshore lifeboat

- Beaumaris RNLI's Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat

- Rhyl RNLI's all-weather lifeboat

For further information please contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.

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