Moelfre’s Lifeboat Crew Launch to a Paddle Boarder Thought to be in Trouble.
The RNLI volunteer crew were alerted by H.M Coastguard, responded and launched to the incident shortly after 4pm today (18.03.20) following reports of a paddle boarder thought to be in trouble, some 2 nautical miles offshore, South East of Point Lynas.
The crew quickly located the person and established that all was well, and with no further assistance required, the ILB, Enfys 2 returned to the station just before 5:pm.
In line with current central guidance, the station management team ensured that only the minimum number of volunteers necessary remained at the station during the rescue. Those who responded but were not required for the service returned home or back to work.
Moelfre Lifeboat Coxswain Alan Owen said:
“Our crews response to today’s rescue was just like any other. Our priority is to protect our team of lifesaving volunteers, doing so will ensure we maintain our fantastic lifesaving service. I would like to praise the response, continued commitment and dedication of our volunteers during these challenging times”
The RNLI’s response to the Coronavirus situation is:
'The welfare of our volunteers, supporters and staff, along with our ability to maintain our world-class lifesaving service is our priority.'
‘With this in mind, and given the current situation with COVID-19, we have taken the decision to close all RNLI shops, museums and visitor centres with immediate effect. Our lifeboat stations remain operational and we will continue to respond to those in need but will not be open to visitors.'
‘Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril on the sea.'
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 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.