Llandudno RNLI take to the sea to keep swimmers safe
Llandudno lifeboat crew took to the sea on Wednesday to help protect the hundreds of swimmers who took the annual “Boxing Day Dip” to raise funds for charity.
Although the crew weren’t acting as official safety cover for the event this was yet another great opportunity for the RNLI volunteers to both support their local community and to reiterate the very important RNLI advice about staying safe around our coast and beaches.
Llandudno RNLI representative said: ‘The sea is particularly cold this time of year, if you do enter the water unexpectedly the RNLI’s advice is to float on your back for a short time to regain control of your breathing. The natural reaction is to panic, but floating until you are in a position to call for help will give you a much better chance of surviving.’
Llandudno's Lifeboat crews will be available 24/7 over the forthcoming 'festive period' for service in the Dr Barbara Saunderson and the all-weather lifeboat the William F Yates.
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Attached is a photo of Llandudno lifeboat crew at the town's Boxing Day Dip event. Photo Credit: Earl Perry Photography
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.