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 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.
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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 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.