Porthdinllaen RNLI launched to reports of people cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen`s all-weather lifeboat was launched at 10.50pm on Sunday to reports of two people cut off by the tide at Ynys Llanddwyn.

Porthdinllaen RNLI

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat pictured on a previous shout

The lifeboat, with coxswain Owain Williams at the helm, quickly located the pair with the assistance of the local Coastguard rescue team. They were safe but cut off by the incoming tide at Ynys Llanddwyn and due to the shallow water around the island, the Tamar Class lifeboat, 'John D Spicer' was unable to get close enough.

The lifeboat's onboard Y Boat rescue craft was deployed with two crew aboard, wearing their additional Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and the two people were safely returned to the mainland and the care of the local Coastguard team.

Upon returning to station, the lifeboat was refuelled, thoroughly cleaned by the crew and available for service again by 2am.

Coxswain Owain Williams said: 'Although the casualties did the right thing in calling for help, we would always encourage all members of the public to be aware of the tide times and tidal conditions when using the coast, especially during these difficult times.'

Dylan Thomas, Press Officer at Porthdinllaen added: 'Porthdinllaen RNLI remains on call and is fully operational during the coronavirus pandemic. Our volunteers are here, ready to respond to those in need.'

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