Beaumaris Lifeboat, two coastguard teams and helicopter in evening search.

Lifeboats News Release

A report was received by the U.K Coastguard at Holyhead that a kayaker who had launched earlier from Llanfairfechan had not returned ashore.

The Annette Mary Liddington Beaumaris Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat

RNLI/ Paul Blackwell

Evening launch of Beaumaris Lifeboat

At 4.57 pm the pagers of the volunteer crew for the Beaumaris Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington sounded and the lifeboat launched at 5.07 pm, once afloat the lifeboat proceeded to commence a search pattern between Llanfairfechan and Puffin Island.

Due to the conditions visibility was extremely poor so the lifeboat commenced the search utilising night vision equipment and managed to identify in the region of 30 seals but no kayaker.

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter together with the Bangor and Penmon Coastguard Rescue teams had also been tasked to the incident.

Shortly after 6 pm the north Wales Police confirmed to the U.K.Coastguard at Holyhead that the missing sailor had been located ashore at his planned destination.

Consequently the lifeboat returned to the boathouse by 6.25 pm being refuelled and made ready for her next service by 6.55 pm.

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