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Barmouth RNLI called to aid kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched on Sunday 9th July at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of a kayaker in difficulties in Cardigan Bay.

The report came from the kayaker’s wife who was worried about her husband being carried out to sea. The RNLI volunteer crew members launched at 7.32 pm and located the kayak off Sunbeach Caravan Park, Llwyngwril at 7.44 pm. The sea state was calm with an incoming tide and the kayaker, who was wearing a lifejacket, assured the ILB crew that he was not in any danger.

The crew then put in to the beach at the Caravan site to reassure the wife, and the ILB returned to the station at 8.05 pm.

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