A report of paddle boarder in difficulties means a launch for Beaumaris Lifeboat
The U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead received reports from persons on the shore that a paddle boarder might be in difficulties at Aber Menai which is near Caernarfon in the Menai Straits.
In view of the potential danger to the paddle boarder they requested the Beaumaris RNLI volunteers to launch to investigate which they did at 4.24 pm on Friday 2 August 2019. In addition the Llandwrog Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to attend on the shoreline.
Upon arrival the lifeboat crew located the inflatable board with the paddle boarder who was not wearing a lifejacket but who insisted he was fine and required no assistance and continued on his way.
The lifeboat volunteers reminded him of the benefits of wearing a lifejacket but as no assistance was required obtained permission from the U.K. Coastguard to return to Beaumaris.
The lifeboat then returned to her station at Beaumaris albeit at a slower speed than the outward journey.
She arrived back at 6.00 pm being refuelled and made ready for her next service call by 6.45 pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.