Moelfre RNLI Volunteers Called to Assist Waterlogged Kayaker.
On Tuesday 11th August at 4:52pm, Moelfre RNLI volunteer crew were tasked by UK Coastguard, to assist a kayaker who had capsized near Traeth Lligwy. Moelfre inshore lifeboat (ILB) Enfys 2 quickly located the kayaker, who was being shadowed by two paddleboarders until further help arrived.
Once alongside, the decision was made that the kayaker would come onboard the ILB, and the kayak would then be manually towed alongside the ILB, on a heading towards Traeth Lligwy. The awaiting Moelfre Coastguard team helped in draining the kayak. The casualty did not require further assistance.
Michael Hughes-Roberts, Helm of ILB Enfys 2, said: “Even with clear blue skies, calm water and a very light wind it is easy to get caught out by the sea. When we arrived on the scene the casualty appeared to be getting tired, was unable to right the kayak and could easily have been carried out further offshore."
With confirmation no further assistance was needed, the crew were stood down and returned to station at 5:20pm.
For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.