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Cardigan RNLI volunteers help kayakers in trouble over the weekend

Lifeboats News Release

The first call received from the UK Coastguard was at 3:00pm on Saturday (3 June) following reports of a kayak in trouble approximately 500m off Tresaith Beach.

RNLI/Tracy Newman

When the lifeboat arrived in the area the kayak had been recovered by a safety boat from Tresaith Mariners Sailing Club. The volunteer crew made sure that no further help was required and began their return journey back to the lifeboat station.

While returning from the initial call-out the lifeboat crew were diverted to help a party of six people in four kayaks near Cardigan Island, they were struggling and exhausted as a result of the strong incoming tide. All six kayakers were taken on board the Atlantic 85 lifeboat as well as their four kayaks and they were taken to safety on the pontoon at Patch.

Then at 4:30pm on Sunday (4 June) UK Coastguard requested the launch of Cardigan’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat to assist a group of kayakers, one of which was believed to be in trouble, south of Caemaes Head.

The RNLI volunteers were paged at 4:32pm and launched at 4:38pm. When the lifeboat approached the group it became apparent that one of the kayaks had taken on water. The rest of the kayaking group had managed to help their group member and the lifeboat crew assisted to make sure the group was safe and that nobody required any medical attention.

Following this the lifeboat returned to station and the party of kayakers continued their journey into the River Teifi and up towards St. Dogmaels.

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