Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat called to assist injured sailor
Porthdinllaen RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was launched on Saturday evening (June 17) to assist an injured sailor competing in the Three Peaks Yacht Race.
UK Coastguard had received a call from assistance from one of the yachts in the race, that one of their crew had fallen overboard and sustained a head injury. The crew had retrieved their colleague from the water but were concerned for his wellbeing after he sustained a knock to his head.
Porthdinllaen RNLI`s Tamar Class lifeboat the John D Spicer and her six volunteer crew launched at 8.50pm and were alongside the yacht, at a position approximately one mile West of Porthdinllaen Point, within quarter of an hour of launch.
A decision was made as the yacht was so near to Porthdinllaen Ba, that the lifeboat would escort it into the calmer water of the bay, where the injured sailor could be transferred safely onto the lifeboat.
With the injured casualty safely on board, the lifeboat returned to the boathouse with the sailor transferred into the care of a waiting ambulance crew.
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For more information please contact Dylan Thomas, Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07747 600019 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on email@example.com.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.