Beaumaris Lifeboat launched to assist two jet skiers in difficulty by Caernarfon
At 4.27 pm the U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead paged the volunteers of the Beaumaris Lifeboat to launch to investigate a report of a person seen in the water near Victoria dock Caernarfon.
The lifeboat launched at 4.35 pm and arrived near Caernarfon at 4.54 pm. it was reported that two jet skis had run aground on the sandbank and one jet skier had decided to swim ashore but was being carried by the tide. Fortunately he made it ashore on the Anglesey side of the Menai Strait.
The volunteer crew aboard the lifeboat then proceeded as close as they could to the stranded jet skis and two crew members went on the sandbar to recover the second jet skier who had remained with the jet skis.
As he had a previous injury not related to this incident he was assisted by the two crew members back to the lifeboat and the U.K. Coastguard arranged for the police, ambulance and the Bangor coastguard rescue team to meet the lifeboat when it reached the shore at Caernarfon.
The jet skis had no means of anchoring but a local resident on the Anglesey side of the straits offered to lend two anchors and the lifeboat was requested to go and pick these up.
Unfortunately due to the dropping tide insufficient water was available for the lifeboat to reach the house and the attempt had to be abandoned. However a commercial operator had been contacted to arrange recovery of the jet skis when they re floated.
The lifeboat was released to return to station arriving at 6.50 pm being refuelled and made ready for service by 7.20 pm.
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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 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.