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Cycling in drysuits to rescue a unicorn, interesting start to busy bank holiday

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at Aberystwyth had a busy bank holiday with call outs on Friday 26 May and Sunday 28 May, as well as attending the Town and gown cycle fest and Glengower raft race.

Aberystwyth RNLI crewmembers taking part in Cyclefest 2017 photo by Huw Fairclough

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Aberystwyth RNLI crewmembers taking part in Cyclefest 2017 photo by Huw Fairclough
The weekend started on Friday evening when four of the crew had just started the Aberystwyth CycleFest Town and Gown cycle race around the streets of Aberystwyth in old and damaged drysuits and sweltering heat. Whilst the race was ongoing the rest of the crew were paged to reports of a large inflatable being blown out to sea.

The rest of the crew quickly launched the Arancia inshore rescue boat which was on scene off North beach in view of the cyclefest crowds where they located the huge inflatable unicorn with no people on board. A quick search of the area identified no people in distress in the water, so the unicorn was returned to shore and eventually reunited with its owners where sea safety advice on using inflatables with an offshore wind and magical animal care was discussed. Shortly after the Arancia returned to station the cyclists finished their race and were glad to get some refreshments.

On Sunday as both lifeboats were getting ready to launch to support the annual Glengower Charity raft race the pagers went off again and the crew were informed that a person was missing.

The Atlantic 85 ‘Spirit of Friendship’ was launched with 4 crew to go and search between Aberystwyth and Clarach, they were also joined by Borth Lifeboat who started searching the coast from Borth southwards and the Aberystwyth Coastguard rescue team. The arancia continued to support the raft race until it was finished, at which point it too joined the search along the cliffs between Aberystwyth and Borth.

With nothing found all search teams were stood down and returned to station.

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Aberystwyth RNLI crewmembers taking part in Cyclefest 2017 photo by Huw Fairclough

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Aberystwyth RNLI crewmembers taking part in Cyclefest 2017 photo by Huw Fairclough

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Glengower raft race 2017 assistance from Arancia

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