Llandudno RNLI rescues fatigued kayakers off the Great Orme Lighthouse
Llandudno all weather lifeboat William F Yates launched at 6:36pm Sunday 8 September to go to the immediate aid of two kayakers who were on a fishing trip.
They were both struggling against strong currents and a flooding tide near the Great Orme Lighthouse. A passing vessel had attempted to provide assistance and remained in position to support the kayakers who were becoming fatigued by their efforts to return to shore. The RNLI volunteers were able to reach them in good time when the casualties were recovered to the lifeboat and returned to the boathouse in Craig y Don to be handed into the care of the Llandudno Coastguard.
Graham Heritage Coxswain of the Llandudno Lifeboat explained: 'It's important that people need to be aware that the waters off the Great Orme Lighthouse area can be very challenging even on a nice day and good preparation is always essential. We also greatly appreciated the assistance of the small vessel which came to aid of the kayakers'.
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.