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Jet-skier rescued by Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched on Sunday afternoon (15 October) to the aid of a broken down Jet ski.

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat on the slipway at Porthdinllaen

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat on the slipway at Porthdinllaen

The UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Porthdinllaen RNLI's Tamar Class lifeboat at 1.20pm after reports had been received of a jet ski type craft with one person onboard broken down off Trefor Point.

With a strong southerly wind the lifeboat made headway towards Trefor at maximum speed and upon arrival 15 minutes after launching began the search for the casualty, and within 10 minutes of beginning the search, the broken down craft was located a further mile offshore. A tow line was secured to the craft and the casualty brought onboard the lifeboat where he was checked over and found to be none the worse of his ordeal. The jet ski and its owner were landed on the sheltered harbour wall at Trefor.

The lifeboat returned to its station and refuelled ready for service by 3:10pm.

Keneth Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen RNLI, added: 'The jet skier and his companion had set off earlier in the afternoon from Trefor, when one of them suffered a fault with its engine. Despite efforts by the second jet ski to tow the other ashore, and due to the strong southerly wind, it was unable to make any headway towards shore. The second jet ski stayed alongside his companion and this provided us with a greater target to locate. We advise anybody venturing to sea, to check weather forecast and to always let someone ashore of their intentions for the day and when they are due to return.'

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For more information please contact Dylan Thomas, Lifeboat Press Officer at Porthdinllaen RNLI, on 07747 600019 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Media Officer, Wales & West, on 01745 585162 or 07748 265496 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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