Beaumaris Lifeboat sent to a kayaker thought to be in difficulties by the bridge
At 7.10 pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from the U.K. Coastguard to proceed to a kayaker reported to be in difficulties between the Menai and Britannia bridges in an area known as The Swellies
The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington with her volunteer crew launched at 7.20 pm and proceeded to the location given.
The U.K. Coastguard had been advised that a kayaker appeared to be in difficulties by The Swellies rock and was waving his paddle which is a recognised sign for assistance is required
The Bangor Mobile Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked and had established visual contact with the kayaker by the time the lifeboat arrived.at 7.35 pm.
The volunteer crew aboard the lifeboat spoke to the kayaker who confirmed he was not in any difficulties and was practising manoeuvres on the standing wave.. The lifeboat crew then saw two paddle boarders in the vicinity and ensured that they did not require any assistance.
Once this information was advised to the U.K. Coastguard the lifeboat left the scene at 7.45 pm whilst the Bangor Mobile Coastguard Rescue Team commenced a routine land patrol of the area before returning to their base.
The lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 8.00 pm to be serviced and refuelled and cleaned under the current Covid 19 instructions.
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