Beaumaris RNLI lifeboat launches after falling object reported from bridge
The volunteer crew members of the RNLI Beaumaris lifeboat received a request at 8.12 pm from the U.K Coastguard, to launch after a witness reports a large object being dropped from the Menai Suspension Bridge.
The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 8.22pm and proceeded to the area, the Mobile Coastguard Rescue Teams from both Bangor and Penmon that had also been deployed in addition to north Wales police units and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter.
A description of what the witness had seen enabled the searchers to locate a chair, which the Beaumaris lifeboat recovered.
At this time the UK Coastguard instructed the lifeboat to return to her station as incident was now considered to be resolved.
The Beaumaris RNLI inshore lifeboat with her volunteer crew arrived back at Beaumaris at 8.50pm the lifeboat then being thoroughly cleaned, refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 9.30pm.
An RNLI spokesperson said:
'The RNLI’s priority is keeping people safe in the sea and around our coast as it always has been. At a time when emergency services are already stretched
we ask everyone to follow government advice. The RNLI is asking everyone to carefully consider the need to go to visit the beach, the coast or go into the water in case they get into difficulty.’
If you do choose visit the coast the RNLI water safety advice is;
· Take care if walking near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
· Check the weather forecast and tide times
· If going afloat, carry a means for calling for help and always wear a lifejacket
· If you fall into the water unexpectedly FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
· In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard
Could you volunteer for the RNLI?
We are looking for volunteers to support the team at Beaumaris including Lifeboat Boat Crew Members, Shore crew and launch vehicle drivers, launching authorities as well as Shop volunteers.
Notes to editors:
Lifeboat Open Day 2020 is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday 22 August between 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Additional stallholders will be in attendance. Subject to operational requirements a display by the lifeboat
For more information please telephone John Pulford, Beaumaris RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07824 764474 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer Wales & west on 07771 941390
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.