Fishguard RNLI launch to kayakers in difficulty
Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched at 4.15pm on Tuesday 23 July after three kayakers were reported to be struggling in difficult conditiions near Abereiddy
When the lifeboat launched, with full volunteer crew, the sea conditions in Fishguard were calm with clear skies but by the time the lifeboat reached Strumble Head it entered thick sea fog and a heavy sea swell. At that time the UK Coastguard contacted the lifeboat and informed it to stand-down after the kayakers had been reported as being safe and well and ashore. The lifeboat returned to base shortly before 5pm.
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 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.