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RNLI CREWS AND COASTGUARDS EVACUATE HOLIDAYMAKERS FROM SANDBANKS

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno and Conwy Inshore Lifeboat volunteers along with, Llandudno Coastguard team escorted scores of people from cut off sandbanks over the weekend.

Llandudno Coastguard

Llandudno RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out by Holyhead Coastguard on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons to join Conwy RNLI inshore lifeboat and Llandudno Coastguard in escorting scores of people from the west shore sandbanks where they were in danger of being marooned by the incoming tide flooding the North Deep channel, thereby cutting off their route back to the shore and safety.

Whilst on Saturday the Conwy lifeboat and coastguards cleared the banks without assistance, on Sunday Llandudno's lifeboat launched to join in the operation by escorting people across the steadily flooding channel and checking the expanse of sands to ensure no-one remained in danger.

Sunday's call-out completed a busy afternoon for the station's volunteers, as at the same time as the lifeboat launched RNLI personnel were taking part in the annual Sea Sunday service at St Paul's church in Craig-y-Don, near to their lifeboat station.

Llandudno Coastguard

Llandudno Coastguard team member and Conwy Lifeboat crew member inspect the West Shore sand banks

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