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Eagle-eyed RNLI Volunteer Spots Paddleboarders in Peril

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Moelfre Inshore Lifeboat {ILB} was tasked to assist two mature paddle boarders in trouble, shortly after 12 noon today (21.08.2019)

The ILB was on the water within 8 minutes and proceeded to the last known position. Fortunately, the boathouse volunteers found the pair using the Station's high-powered binoculars. They were then able to direct the ILB Enfys 2 on to the casualty in the poor weather conditions.

Once on scene some one and a half miles out to sea, it was apparent that the couple who had launched from Red Wharf Bay, were quickly overcome by the 25 knots South-westerly offshore wind. The couple quickly realised they were unable to make any headway back to shore, so they made the correct decision to sit down on the boards to reduce the windage/drift. They then rafted up together to await rescue.

RNLI volunteer Inshore Lifeboat Helm Martin Jones said:

“The couple did the right thing in staying together to await rescue. But more importantly they had informed someone ashore of their intentions. When things started to go wrong, there was someone ashore who could raise the alarm. If you plan to go out to sea on a paddle board, kayak or alike, please always make sure you have a buoyancy aid and means of communication and https://www.respectthewater.com/

The Inshore Lifeboat was back at the station and made ready for service at 13:06.

For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 0777 3979910


RNLI/Martin Jones

RNLI/Martin Jones.

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