Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and helicopter tasked to person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

At the request of UK Coastguard, Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was paged at 08.16 pm on Sunday (21 May) to a report of a person in the water between Dyffryn Ardudwy and Shell Island. The Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter was also tasked.

The sea was calm and the weather good when the volunteer RNLI crew launched at 8.22pm. They reached the scene at 8.38pm to find one adult male in the water who had apparently come off his jet ski and had been swept out on the ebb tide five miles west of Shell Island.

The man, who was shaken and cold, was taken aboard the lifeboat and kept warm while a tow was attached to the jet ski. The man and his vessel were then returned to the care of UK Coastguard on the shore at Sunnysands, and no further medical assistance was required.

The ILB returned to station and was ready for service again at 9.40pm.

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For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917 245882 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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