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Llandudno visitors rescued from offshore sandbanks

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 2:40pm on Bank Holiday Monday to bring to safety groups of visitors in imminent danger of becoming trapped on sandbanks off Llandudno's west shore by the fast-flowing incoming tide.

Initial reports indicated that around twenty people might be involved, and in view of this Conwy RNLI inshore lifeboat also launched.  In the event, a total of ten people including a nine-month-old baby were ferried, or escorted whilst they waded to safety across the rapidly-filling North Deep channel by the Llandudno crew, whilst Conwy's crew stood by as a further small group made their way ashore on foot.

The whole rescue operation had been completed by 3pm.

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Further information - Alan Sharp, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 01492 543315.

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