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Conwy RNLI lifeboat requested for immediate launch to swimmer ‘drowning’

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to immediately launch this afternoon by HM Coastguard, to reports of two swimmers reportedly drowning off Deganwy beach.

The volunteer crew pagers were sounded at 2:47pm and the RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with a crew of three minutes later.


HM Coastguard rescue helicopter ‘Rescue 936’ was also tasked from Caernarfon to assist with a paramedic on board.


On arrival, the lifeboat found that the two swimmers had just managed to make it ashore after a friend had jumped in after them. They were conscious and very lucky given the strong tidal conditions on scene.


The lifeboat crew administrated first aid on scene to the two casualties and then handed them over to the paramedic from ‘Rescue 936’.


Once an ambulance had arrived to check over the casualties it was decided they should be taken to hospital for a full check over.


Along with the Llandudno HM Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT), the lifeboat was stood down and made her way back to station.


This service call reiterates the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign, further details of which can be found at


Following the service, the lifeboat arrived back on station and was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service by 4:40pm.       



Notes to editors

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Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513

Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639

Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162.

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