A hoax call results in RNLI Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers being paged at 1.59 am
The U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead received a report that a sixty year old male had fallen between two boats near Bangor pier.
The Beaumaris RNLI volunteers received a page at 1.59 am and due to the low temperature had to copy with extremely icy conditions to even reach the boat house.
In the meantime the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team together with Wales Ambulance and north Wales Police had also been tasked to the incident.
As the lifeboat was being prepared for launch a request was received from the Coastguard to wait onshore as the informant had now changed the location of the incident from Bangor pier to Penrhyn dock and this with other inconsistencies in his story gave them sufficient reason to suspect that this may be a hoax call.
The volunteers therefore waited at Beaumaris until 2.50 am when it was finally confirmed that this was in fact a hoax. The origin point of the call having been identified it being well inland with no view of the Menai strait.
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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, 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.