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Aberystwyth RNLI rescue speed boat from rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Both RNLI lifeboats from Aberystwyth were launched on Friday (14 July) evening at approximately 7:30pm to reports of a Rigid Inflatable boat (RIB) that had suffered engine failure and was drifting onto the rocks at Castle point, Aberystwyth.

Casualty vessel in shallow rocky water

RNLI/Paul McCann

Casualty vessel in shallow rocky water
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat Spirit of Friendship arrived on scene and found the RIB in shallow water within the rocks, with the two occupants wearing lifejackets and standing upto their waist in the water holding onto the boat.

A crew member swam into the rocks to assess the two casualties health and provide communications between them and the lifeboat. The smaller and more manoeuvrable, Arancia inshore rescue boat was then requested to assist in the rescue.

With both casualties getting cold, and a lack of solid attachment points for the tow, a second crew member was put with the RIB to help stabilise the boat in the breaking sea. The Arancia was then able to tow the vessel and its occupants into deeper water.

The casualties were transferred to the lifeboat where they were again checked over and the tow transferred. The boat and both casualties were then taken back to Aberystwyth Harbour

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For more information please contact Paul McCann, 07787785614 or RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Casualty and Lifeboat

RNLI/Paul McCann

Casualty and lifeboat
Lifeboat and casualty near to Castle Point

RNLI/Paul McCann

Lifeboat and casualty near to Castle Point

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