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Major search launched during Aberystwyth town carnival for missing swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

At approximately 2:30pm on Saturday (29 July), RNLI lifeguards based on North beach Aberystwyth, notified the UK Coastguard that a swimmer who had been seen in possible difficulty had gone missing near to constitution hill.

Both Aberystwyth lifeboats are joined by the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter

RNLI/Phil Griffiths

Both Aberystwyth lifeboats are joined by the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter

A member of the public had informed the RNLI Lifeguards that they thought a swimmer was in difficulty. The lifeguards immediately located the swimmer who appeared to be in difficulty past the beach, towards the cliffs at Constitution Hill. The ifeguards immediately informed the UK Coastguard, but shortly lost sight of the casualty.

The Aberystwyth Atlantic 85 ‘Spirit of Friendship’ had already launched as part of its Open Day and was getting ready to take part in a rescue demonstration with the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon when they were immediately sent to the scene. The lifeboat did a quick search of the reported area and put a crew member ashore to check behind the rocks. The helicopter also joined the search of the area. With no one found a full scale search of the area was started.

The Arancia lifeboat with some crew and station volunteers were taking part in the towns Carnival and was also requested, with the help of some local police, the Arancia quickly left the carnival and was on its way to join the search.

A Mayday relay was put out by the UK Coastguard asking for any vessels in the area to keep an eye out and the All Weather lifeboat from New Quay ‘Frank And Lena Clifford Of Stourbridge’ was also tasked to assist in the search, along with Borth and Aberystwyth local coastguard rescue teams.

The search took 3 hours, close in to shore in full view of the crowds who had gathered for the town carnival celebrations. After an exhaustive and extensive saturation of the area, and with nothing found the search was stood down and all search teams returned to their respective stations.

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For more information please contact Paul McCann 07787785614 or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.


Lifeboat Launching to assist in search

RNLI/Phil Griffiths

Lifeboat Launching to assist in search
Aberystwyth Atlantic 85 with Coastguard rescue helicopter

RNLI/Phil Griffiths

Aberystwyth Atlantic 85 with Coastguard rescue helicopter
New Quay Lifeboat taking part in the search

RNLI/Phil Griffiths

New Quay Lifeboat taking part in the search.
Coastguard Rescue Helicopter above the carnival band stage outside lifeboat station

RNLI/Paul McCann

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter above the carnival band stage outside lifeboat station
Lifeboat launching

RNLI/PHil Griffiths

Lifeboat launching

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