Unusual circumstances spark land and sea search off Moelfre

Lifeboats News Release

Crew members from RNLI Moelfre were approached by concerned members of public this evening after a wooden garden chair and flowers were found close to the water’s edge at Moelfre

Inshore lifeboat Enfys

Phil Hen Williams

Moelfre's inshore lifeboat Enfys

The Coastguard rescue team from Moelfre were initially tasked to the incident and confirmed that the chair was positioned unusually close to the cliff edge at Swnt Moelfre and had flowers placed around it. Following a hasty search of the immediate area, the inshore lifeboat was requested to launch for the second time today.

Quickly on scene, the volunteer crew conducted a shore line search in the vicinity of Swnt a well know and popular fishing spot. Once confirmed that nothing untoward was found, UK Coastguard coordination centre at Holyhead requested that the crew search further down the coast along with the local coastguard team members. After approximately one hour a, the search was called off as confirmation came from North Wales Police that there were no reports of anyone missing in the area.

Moelfre’s Duty Coxswain Martin Jones said:

‘Given the unusual circumstances surrounding this incident, it was imperative that we launched and carried out a water based search of the area. The circumstances were enough to concern ourselves and also members of the public, therefore we acted quickly to ensure that no one needed our assistance but also to give reassurance to those concerned members of the public.’

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