Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew called out to assist two teenagers caught in a rip

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 2 August 2020 HM Coastguard requested an immediate launch to assist following reports of a 15 year old in the water. The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched at 2.08pm and immediately made its way to the area.

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It transpired that two teenagers had ventured out following a morning surf lesson and got caught in a strong rip with the current carrying them out to sea.

On arrival all persons had been accounted for and were safely ashore after being assisted by an adult male believed to be their father.

Two RNLI crew members landed on the beach to give casualty care and safety advice before handing over to the Coastguard Patrol.

The lifeboat returned to the Lifeboat Station where both the lifeboat and crew kit were thoroughly washed down and cleaned in accordance with the strict Covid-19 guidelines.

If you do get caught in a rip don’t try to swim against it as you will quickly become exhausted. If you can stand or wade. If you are able to swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore. If you are surfing or bodyboarding do not let go of your board.

If you find yourself in trouble, or see someone else in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Notes to editors

· Abersoch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/abersoch-lifeboat-station

· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs

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The photo of the inshore lifeboat is a library image which was taken before COVID-19 restrictions.

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