Llandudno ILB launches to assist kayaker in rough conditions
Llandudno Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 12:30pm on Sunday 6 October after multiple 999 calls had been made to Holyhead Coastguard, reporting that a kayaker was in difficulty approximately half a mile North of Llandudno Lifeboat Station
With the casualty being closely observed by Llandudno Coastguard, the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched and proceeded to the kayak’s position. The crew found that the lone occupant was at anchor and fishing but drifting to the East due to the poor conditions on scene that were deteriorating quickly. After a brief discussion it was decided that the safest option was for the kayaker to make his way ashore with the Inshore Lifeboat following closely behind in case of any issues.
The casualty managed to make his way back to the beach where he was assisted by Lifeboat crew members in drysuits and lifejackets. He was handed over to Llandudno Coastguard where safety advice was given.
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.