Llandudno RNLI launch to kayaker in capsize emergency

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI vounteers of Llandudno were tasked at 11.04am on Monday by HM Coastguard. They were requested to launch and proceed to Rhos on Sea to urgently assist a capsized kayak which was drifting off shore with another kayaker in attendance.


Llandudno inshore lifeboat preparing to launch

The inshore lifeboat Dr. Barbara Saunderson with three volunteer crew on board made swift progress around the Little Orme to locate the kayaker who had managed to remain with the drifting kayak. The crew were able to recover the person and kayak and return to shore at Rhos on Sea, to place the casualty into the care of the Llandudno Coastguard team, who were present to provide assistance.

A Llandudno RNLI spokesperson added: 'fortunately the rescue occurred in good weather and sea conditions, the kayakers were also well prepared albeit unlucky that the kayak had taken on water. The incident also highlights the wisdom of kayaking with a partner or group in case an accident or problem occurs.'

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email [email protected]

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.