Porthdinllaen RNLI rescue three swimmers
Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat was launched after reports had been received of seven children in difficulties of the Lleyn Peninsula
On arrival at the scene, the Lifeboat received confirmation that four of the children had managed to swim ashore but three were stranded on the Maen Mellt rock, near Mynydd Mawr area. It was decided that the safest option was to evacuate the exhausted swimmers from the rock by deploying the lifeboat`s motorised inflatable tender. All three were transferred safely back to shore at Porth Iago, to the care of the local Coastguard team.The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 4:45PM.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Operations Manager said ' The currents around the Llyn coastline can be very strong at times, a person in the water can become exhausted easily trying to swim against the current. We strongly advise that the appropriate swimming aids are used, the outcome could easily have been different'
Dylan Thomas, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Press Officer added ' This was a well organised multi agency rescue effort, and we thank our colleagues at Aberdaron and Abersoch Coatguard Cliff Rescue team, and Coatguard Rescue Helicopter for their assistance'.
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.