Trearddur Bay RNLI rescues two girls

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Trearddur Bay lifeboat station were alerted by the coastguard at 2.30pm this afternoon.

The crew of four were tasked to assist two teenage girls near Smileys lagoon after a member of the public phoned the coastguard reporting that the pair had been capsized out of their kayak and were clinging on to rocks.

Upon arrival the D Class lifeboat was positioned nose into the rocks and two of the crew climbed out to assess the casualties. One girl was helped into the boat however the second girl was hurt with what appeared to be spinal injuries, so a third crew member was placed onto the rocks with a stretcher.

Helmsman, Dafydd Griffiths, said ‘the crew were excellent and carried out a textbook operation quickly and in difficult conditions’.

With a decent swell and a flooding tide the rocks that the injured girl was on were getting covered by the occasional swell and at one point one of the volunteers was washed off and had to climb back on.

The teenager was quickly placed into the stretcher and taken back to Trearddur Bay where she was met by an ambulance and transported to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Crew member Sion Owen later said ‘it was fortunate that we got there as quickly as we did, I would not like to say what would have happened if we had been only a couple of minutes later.’

Both Trearddur Bay Lifeboats

RNLI/Andy Hodgson

D Class with B Class

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