Trearddur Bay RNLI volunteers assist coasteering group
Both boats from Trearddur Bay lifeboat station were launched at the request of the Coastguard on Wednesday afternoon.
The group, all men in their early twenties, were making their way around the coastline South of Porth Dafarch, a popular coasteering destination, when one of them took in a mouthful of sea water and started coughing heavily.
Conditions on scene were worsening as the swell increased and the group leader decided it would be safest for all to return to their entrance point, however, as they neared he noticed that the casualty’s condition had deteriorated and immediately called for help.
The Charities Atlantic 85, Hereford Endeavour, was first on scene picking the casualty, team leader and six other Coasteerers out of the water. Helmsman Lee Duncan who attended to the young man said, ‘he was quite sick when we got to him, we immediately put him on oxygen before returning to the station where an ambulance and paramedics were waiting’.
The coastguard rescue helicopter had also been tasked to the incident but was later stood down.
The stations Deputy Launch Authority, Paul Moffat remarked that, ‘the group leader responded perfectly to the situation and called us out without any hesitation after realizing one of his team was in trouble’.
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.