Abersoch Lifeboat rescues kayaker in first call out for new Helm.

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch RNLI was called to a kayaker in difficulty on Monday 10 June 2019 after weather conditions started to deteriorate. The rescue was the first call out for new Helm Guy Williams following passing his assessments in May 2019.

Abersoch RNLI were called to a kayaker in difficultly this week following a deterioration in the weather conditions. The crew were paged at 4.44pm on Monday 10 June 2019 with the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launching at 4.54pm.

The crew located the kayaker a short distance round the cliffs from Porth Bach. The area contains caves and small coves popular with kayakers and paddle boarders a short distance from Abersoch Main Beach. The kayaker was extremely well equip however the increasing offshore winds and the dropping tide had made return to the beach very difficult. Having taken shelter a call for help was made.

The kayaker was assisted back to Abersoch Main Beach, where he was met by Abersoch Coastguard. Guy Williams, RNLI Helmsman for Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘The kayaker had taken very sensible steps to protect himself and ensure that he was not carried further out to sea. He was very well equip and was safe and well when we reached him. He had clearly gone to sea prepared and knew when to call for help. The weather and sea conditions can be unpredictable and it is important to be prepared.’

Following the call out the kayaker thanked the crew on the Abersoch RNLI Facebook page, ‘Huge thanks to the crew who rescued me. Everyone of them were absolutely brilliant. I’ve made a donation to this amazing charitable organisation which is mainly volunteers who dedicate their time to saving lives and keeping us safe at sea’.


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