Beaumaris lifeboat launched to assist two inflatables near Caernarfon Airport.

Lifeboats News Release

The R N LI Beaumaris lifeboat received a requested from the U.K Coastguard, for the volunteer crew to assist two inflatables struggling to return ashore near Caernarfon Airport.

The Beaumaris Inshore Lifeboat "Annette Mary Liddington"

RNLI/ P Blackwell

The Beaumaris Inshore Lifeboat "Annette Mary Liddington"

The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 3.10 pm and proceeded to the scene in the meantime the Mobile Coastguard Rescue Team from Llandwrog and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter had also been tasked.

The Rescue Helicopter located the persons now ashore and the Llandwrog Mobile Rescue Team made contact with them and confirmed that all four people aboard the inflatable boats had made it ashore and that the vessels had also been beached.

Once this had been confirmed the U.K Coastguard instructed the lifeboat to the lifeboat station.

The open inflatable inshore lifeboat with her volunteer crew then returned to her station at Beaumaris the lifeboat at 3.41 pm but as the crew then had to undertake a thorough clean of the vessel and equipment due to the Coronavirus pandemic. They did not leave the lifeboat station until after 4.15 pm.

An R N L I spokesman said : “We urge the Welsh public to remember the following safety advice: Stay in familiar surroundings and follow the Welsh Government advice. Do not put yourself, your family and emergency services at risk by taking risks or assuming it ‘won’t happen to you’. If you do see someone at risk call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

A high proportion of calls for the RNLI in Wales are to those who have been to people cut off by the tide, including during the lock down period. Some parts of Wales have some of the highest tidal range in Europe, and a beach that was clear yesterday at 2 pm might be completely covered in sea at the same time today. If you are heading out for a coastal walk, make sure it is safe before you go. Always check the tide times and conditions before you set off and while out, be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on the tide direction. Ask for local advice and look out for safety signs.

Always carry a means of calling for help and know to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you or someone else is at risk.”

From Monday 1 June, the public who live within 5 miles are able to visit our beautiful coast. Enjoy your time near or on the sea but please be aware at the moment there are no lifeguard patrols, the tides can come in at speed. Always be aware of the tide coming in behind you, as you can get cut off on sand banks. RNLI Lifeboat volunteers remain on call 24 hours a day. Always remember if you get into trouble, or see someone in trouble at the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

However, the changes to Government guidance does not mean our coasts are safe, the dangers that have always been there remain. We ask those who are local to the coast to continue to be aware of the inherent dangers.

Our strong advice to the Welsh public, who are not local to a beach, is to follow the Welsh Government guidance to meet outdoors and exercise locally and not to travel to the coast. Air temperatures may be warming up but the sea temperature remains consistently chilly all year, jumping or falling into cold water or spending longer periods than normal submerged in the water can lead to, potentially fatal, cold water shock.”

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