Beaumaris lifeboat attends two incidents in succession.
At 11.32 am on Saturday 26 September 2020 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from the U.K. Coastguard to launch in response to a ‘mayday’ call received from a yacht they had picked up two jet skiers from the water.
The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 11.44 am and made her way towards the casualty which was near Penmon point at the entrance to the Menai Strait
The two occupants of a single jet ski had been thrown into the water, when a passing yacht located and took them aboard, they had been in the water for 15 minutes. The yacht had commenced towing the Jet Ski, but the tow had parted.
Once the lifeboat was on scene it was decided to take one of the jet skiers to the shore immediately accompanied by one of the yacht crew who was a qualified doctor so that the casualty could be treated by an ambulance crew. The other jet skier remaining aboard the yacht. The lifeboat then returned to the yacht and took the other jet skier aboard whilst taking the Jet Ski in tow. This casualty was also transferred into the care of the ambulance crew whilst the Jet Ski was passed to the care of the Penmon Mobile Coastguard Rescue Team that had also been tasked to the incident.
Unfortunately in the meanwhile the yacht that had assisted the jet skiers ran aground on a sandbar. As soon as possible the lifeboat was re-tasked to this incident and managed to tow the craft off the sand and then escorted her to the pontoon at Beaumaris Pier where the doctor was able to return on board.The lifeboat returned to her station around 2.40 pm being serviced and refuelled and thoroughly cleaned under the Covid 19 instruction before the crew could return home.
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.