Three shouts in seven days for Conwy RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat has been requested to launch three times in the last week by UK Coastguard to differing service calls, keeping the volunteers at the station busy.

19th September- Lifeboat with casualty vessel in tow. View of wake from the stern of the vessel.

RNLI/Danny-Lee Davies

19th September- Lifeboat with casualty vessel in tow.

On Thursday the 19 September, Conwy RNLI inshore lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her volunteer crew of three at 12:30pm into beautiful sunshine and light airs, shortly after being paged. A 10m pleasure craft had lost all steerage in Conwy Bay and required a tow back into safe confines of Conwy Marina. The crew returned back to station shortly before 1:30pm.

On Monday the 23 September, the lifeboat with a volunteer crew of three were requested to immediately launch at 3:36pm to reports of two persons in the water in difficulty off Conwy Morfa beach. Llandudno inshore rescue boat were out on exercise, made their way round the Great Ormes Head to also assist. When Conwy arrived, it was ascertained that the persons in question were in fact an experienced fisherman in waders and in no difficulties, but from a certain perspective looked as though they could be in danger. Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team were also on hand to confirm with the fishermen were safe and well. A false alarm with very good intent.

The third callout came in the early hours this morning (Wednesday 25 September). The volunteer crew were awoken from their sleep shortly after midnight to reports of a distress flare sighting within the river from police CCTV and a member of the public. Once launched, The May-Bob conducted a thorough search of the area in question and all of the river moorings, whilst UK Coastguard Rescue Team members from Llandudno conducted a thorough search of the shoreline. A white parachute illuminating flare was also fired from the lifeboat to assist in search operations.

After an extensive search, all teams were stood down by UK Coastguard and the lifeboat returned to station where she was refuelled and housed shortly before 2am.

Volunteer Press Officer and Helmsman Danny-Lee Davies said: ‘It has been a busy few days for the station at this time of year. However, our volunteers remain on call 24/7 should the need arise’.

Pictured:

1. 19th September- Lifeboat with casualty vessel in tow.

2. 25th September- Lifeboat during search of River Conwy.

3. 25th September- Lifeboat recovery from search.

4. 25th September- Shore Crew assisting with wash down after service call.


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Notes to editors

• Conwy lifeboat station has been operating since 1966.

• To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/conwy

RNLI media contacts

Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639

Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513

Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

RNLI/Danny-Lee Davies

25th September- Lifeboat during search of River Conwy.

RNLI/Conwy

25th September- Lifeboat recovery from search.

RNLI/Danny-Lee Davies

25th September- Shore Crew assisting with wash down after service call.

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