A report of a flashing S.O.S. signal results in a launch by RNLI Beaumaris
The U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead received a report that an S.O.S. signal was being flashed by a paddle boarder located just off Plas Menai on the Menai Straits.
The Beaumaris RNLI volunteers launched at 6.03 pm to investigate and proceeded in the dark to the area at the best possible speed commensurate with safety.
By now the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team had also been requested to attend on the shoreline.
Upon arrival the lifeboat crew located the paddle boarder but he was not in any difficulty and the light was a glow stick type torch that he was wearing.
The lifeboat remained at the scene until he reached the shore and was speaking with the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team.
The lifeboat then returned to her station at Beaumaris albeit at a slower speed than the outward journey.
She arrived back at 7.05 pm being refuelled and made ready for her next service call by 7.45 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.