Moelfre RNLI Volunteers Save the Life of a Father and Child

Lifeboats News Release

Moelfre inshore lifeboat launched today shortly after 11am when a kayak capsized and was drifting 200 meters off Traeth Bychan. RNLI personnel spotted the kayak drifting rapidly offshore and ascertained that two persons were in the water with the kayak.

RNLI/Phil Williams

The ILB was launched and was on scene within minutes and found a young girl and her father clinging to the upturned kayak drifting offshore in 35 knot winds.

Both were suffering from the effects of cold water immersion and ingesting sea water and casualty care treatment was administered. Once on the beach, the pair were treated accordingly with the assistance of Moelfre Coastguard team and a member of Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club. The sailing club safety boat also assisted by recovering the kayak while the crew administered first aid. The pair were handed to the care of North Wales Ambulance Service. The ILB returned to station at approximately noon.

Second shout of the Day

Lifeboat crew at the station observed two kayaks struggling in the adverse weather conditions just after 2pm today. As the station was contacting the Coastguard, one of the pair capsized approximately 500 meters offshore.

The ILB Launched immediately and quickly found the kayakers who’d made it ashore at Moelfre island. The ILB crew got the two teenagers onboard and transported them back to Traeth Bychan to the awaiting Moelfre Coastguard Team.

The ILB then went back to the island and recovered the kayaks to the lifeboat station. The kayakers were fatigued but required no medical assistance.

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