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Muddy Saturday double rescue for Conwy RNLI Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch Saturday afternoon (11th March) by UK Coastguard, to assist a vessel which had grounded on a large mud bank on a falling tide up river towards Tal y Cafn.

Conwy lifeboat approaching the shore for recovery


Conwy lifeboat approaching the shore for recovery
RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her volunteer crew at 2.35pm, shortly after being paged after concerns were raised about the occupants of the vessel, given its isolated location.
Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) were on scene and had the vessel in sight, however were unable to approach due to the tidal conditions.
Once the lifeboat was a short distance from the casualty vessel, it was ascertained that the occupants had lifejackets and were happy to stay with the vessel until the next tide later in the evening, and would maintain regular reports to the Coastguard.
The lifeboat made her way back through the difficult shallows of the river back to the boathouse where she was successfully recovered and washed down.
In liaison with UK Coastguard, the lifeboat was requested to relaunch at 8.10pm to provide safety cover and illumination whilst the vessel re floated in case of damage to her hull.
At 9.10pm the vessel successfully re floated from the bank, and due to the strong flood tide, the vessel was escorted safely back to Conwy Marina.
The lifeboat arrived back on station at 10.15pm, where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service.
Notes to editors
• Conwy lifeboat station has been operating since 1966.
To learn more, visit the Conwy Lifeboat Station webpage
RNLI media contacts
• Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
• Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513
• Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales and West) on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162
• Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
Conwy lifeboat with the casualty shortly astern being escorted under the bridges


Conwy lifeboat with the casualty shortly astern being escorted under the bridges

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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