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Conwy RNLI pagers sounded twice in one day

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat crew pagers were activated on two separate occasions on Tuesday (23rd May) by UK Coastguard.

Stock photo of the Lifeboat.

RNLI/Danny-Lee Davies

The first request of the day came in at 11.38am, where reports came in of a wind surfer in difficulty. Whilst the Lifeboat Operations Manager was on the phone to UK Coastguard, reports came in that the windsurfer was no longer in difficulty and subsequently the launch of the lifeboat was cancelled.

Later in the day at 7.25pm the volunteer’s pagers were activated by UK Coastguard who requested the launch of the lifeboat to reports of a motor vessel with 6 persons on board reporting engine failure within the River Conwy during an incoming flood tide. The RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her crew of 3 minutes later and made best speed to the casualty vessel location near Deganwy.

When on scene a short time later, a tow was swiftly set up and the vessel and her 6 occupants were safely towed to the confines of Deganwy Marina.

The lifeboat arrived back on station at 8pm, where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service.

Notes to editors

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.

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