Two kayakers rescued by Fishguard RNLI
Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched just before midday on Thursday 12 July after two kayakers called '999' having underestimated the sea conditions when paddling around Dinas Head.
The kayakers, husband and wife, set off from Pwllgwaelod to paddle around Dinas Head but encountered conditions, Force 5 winds with wind over tide, which they had not expected. They were fortunate to be able to take refuge in a cove near Needle Rock and then made the emergency call. UK Coastguard requested the launch and the lifeboat, with a full volunteer crew, set off for Dinas Head and was quickly on scene. The couple were able to paddle the 10 metres out to the lifeboat and awaiting crew and they and their kayaks were taken onboard. After a hot drink the very grateful couple were returned to Pwllgwaelod where a coastguard team were awaiting them. The lifeboat returned to base and closed down shortly after 1pm.
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.