Very muddy Sunday morning for Conwy RNLI and North Wales Coastguard Rescue Teams

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at Conwy RNLI were joined by three UK Coastguard Rescue Teams this Sunday morning (2nd July), on the mud banks of Conwy Quay, for a large scale joint exercise and familiarisation with mud rescue equipment.

Coastguards extracting a very muddy RNLI crew member from the mud. Conwy lifeboat in the background at the water's edge.

RNLI/Alan Flood

Muddy 'rescue' underway.

The volunteer Coastguard Rescue Teams from across North Wales, based at Rhyl, Penmon and Bangor mustered at the RNLI lifeboat station shortly before 11am to commence the planned exercise and briefings with the specialist Coastguard mud rescue equipment. This was prior to moving down towards the public jetty outside the Liverpool Arms pub on Conwy Quay.

Also present at the scene of the exercise to witness were RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, Peter Rooney and the UK Coastguard area manager for our area.

With the tide safely at a low level and dropping all the time, various scenarios were simulated in using RNLI volunteers as ‘casualties’ and they were all successfully completed, albeit getting a bit muddy in the process!

On hand to assist at the water’s edge and to get a first-hand view was the RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob and her volunteer crew of three.

The exercise was a great success and invaluable to all involved. Joint Lifeboat Press Officer at Conwy, Alan Flood says “The multi-agency exercise was invaluable to our station and highlights the dangers that people face when stuck in the mud. We urge anybody who takes part in activity near or around the water’s edge, to respect the water.”

Conwy Quay attracts thousands of visitors each year, and with the mud banks exposed in between tides, it’s very easy to get stuck. In recent times there have been a few instances of people getting into difficulty. The tide comes in at a rapid pace here at Conwy and this exercise highlights the worth of specialist rescue equipment and also teamwork with our colleagues at the Coastguard.

If you see anybody in trouble in the mud, tell them to stay calm and call 999, asking for the “Coastguard”. Reference is made to the RNLI’s ‘Respect the Water’ campaign, details of which can be found at

Photos attached (in order):

  1. Muddy rescue continuing with RNLI lifeboat in the background.
  2. Team photo of all personnel involved in the exercise.
  3. Coastguard Rescue Team with their specialised equipment.
  4. Teams being briefed.
  5. RNLI volunteer being ‘rescued’ from the mud watch by the rest of the teams and public.
  6. Debrief.


Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

  • Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
  • Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513
  • Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales and West) on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162
  • Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
Photo of RNLI crew and members of the Coastguard Rescue Teams present, with the River Conwy as a backdrop.

RNLI/Alan Flood

Team photo of all personnel in involved.
Coastguards on the foreshore preparing their specialist equipment.

RNLI/Alan Flood

Coastguards preparing their specialist equipment.
All personnel involved in a safety brief prior to commencement.

RNLI/Alan Flood

Safety brief
RNLI 'casualty' stuck in the mud, assisted by Coastguards.

RNLI/Alan Flood

RNLI 'casualty' stuck in the mud.
Muddy team members debriefing.

RNLI/Alan Flood

Muddy debrief.

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