Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat rescues kite surfer and kayaker near Shell Island

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.15pm on Monday the 22nd of April, 2019 volunteer Crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station responded to an emergency call that saw a kite surfer and kayaker rescued near Shell Island.

Criccieth Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth Atlantic 85 Lifeboat
The initial call received by HM Coastguard reported a kite surfer in difficulty after being unable to get their kite airborne. The Crew promptly launched the Station’s Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat, Doris Joan from Criccieth.

As the Lifeboat approached the kite surfer, they spotted a lone kayaker waving for assistance. The Crew approached the kayaker, who’s craft was partly submerged, and soon realised they required immediate rescue and was not wearing a lifejacket. Once safely aboard the Lifeboat and in the care of the Crew, the Lifeboat approached the kite surfer and took them aboard. Both casualties were suffering from the effects of the cold. It transpired that the kayaker had launched in an attempt to assist the kite surfer but got in to difficulty themselves.

After the incident Criccieth’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Will Walker-Jones stated ‘both casualties were fortunate that the Crew were promptly on-scene; particularly as the kayaker was unprepared and poorly equipped. Both were suffering from the effects of being submerged in the cold water and required rescuing’.

Both were transferred to the care of the HM Coastguard team from Harlech.

For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316

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