New Quay RNLI tasked to inflatable blown out to sea

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 25 July at 6.14pm the inshore lifeboat, Audrey LJ was tasked by the Coastguard following reports of an inflatable being blown out to sea off Traeth y Dolau, in New Quay.

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Stock image of New Quay RNLI's D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ lauching on service

With three volunteer crew members on board, the lifeboat crew quickly located the inflatable and began searching for persons in the water.

Pete Yates, helm of the lifeboat said, “Our priority was to establish whether there was anyone in the water so we conducted a search pattern from Target Rock back to Dolau beach. Fortunately, on this occasion, the occupants were found safe and well on the beach.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “Blow-up toys and airbeds can easily be swept out to sea. If you do use them at the beach, we recommend that they’re used only very near to the shore and only between the red and yellow flags on life-guarded beaches.

“Never take inflatables out in big waves, and never use them when the orange windsock is flying as this indicates offshore winds, which will blow inflatables further out to sea. If you do get into difficulty, stay with your inflatable as it will keep you above the water. Take a look at the RNLI’s advice and tips to help you have fun and stay safe at the beach: https://rnli.org/safety

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For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at kate_williams@rnli.org.uk or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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