Porthdinllaen lifeboat launched to investigate possible missing angler
Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched on Saturday to search local headland for possible missing angler.
UK Coastguard were alerted by the Coastwatch Team at Porthdinllaen that they had sighted what looked like angling equipment on the headland at Porthdinllaen.
Porthdinllaen`s all-weather Tamar class lifeboat with Coxswain Owain Williams at the helm was launched at 4:50pm and immediately started a search of the area around the Porthdinllaen headland. Porthdinllaen Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team assisted by conducting a search of the immediate shoreline. With good visibility and fair weather a vast area was saturated in the search,
With enquiries made locally and satisfied that no missing person had been reported, the search was called off at 6:05pm by UK Coastguard, with the lifeboat returning to her station, refuelled and ready for service by 6:20pm.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operation Manager at Porthdinllaen added: 'The lifeboat conducted a thorough search of the waterline at the headland which was inaccessible to the Coastguard team. No trace was found of any person, and with further reports from UK Coastguard, their enquiries concluded that no angler had been reported overdue, it was safe for our Volunteer Crew to return to station'
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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.