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Two shouts for the RNLI in Borth

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 24th June the RNLI volunteer lifeboat and RNLI Lifeguards were called to deal with two separate incidents in Borth Bay.

Whist returning to station after a training exercise the lifeboat crew spotted a speedboat with the engine cover off. The lifeboat approached the speedboat and asked the single occupant if he needed any assistance. The occupant advised that he had been in Borth bay but that his craft had developed engine trouble. He was confident that he could help himself but thought that given the distance it would be useful if the lifeboat could tow him back to Ynyslas ...Boatyard. The lifeboat took him in tow and took him to the River Leri. The crew were Simon H (Helm), Lee and Bean.

Having returned from the previous call the crew were just putting the lifeboat on the trailer when they were told by the RNLI Lifeguards on Borth Beach that there were a couple in the water who had fallen from a capsized Kayak. The lifeboat launched and by the time they arrived on scene two Rowing Boats, one from Trireme Ynys Mon Rowing Club and one from Clwb Rhwyfo Aberystwyth Rowing Club, that were taking part in the Borth Rowing Club Annual Rowing Regatta, had taken the casualties on board. The Rowing boats returned the casualties to the beach where they were met by the RNLI Lifeguards who ensured that they were unhurt. The lifeboat recovered the Kayak and returned to the beach. We would like to pass our thanks to the Rowing crews who acted decisively to aid a couple who were in trouble. The lifeboat crew were Lee (Helm), Simon H and Bean.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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