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St Davids inshore lifeboat launches to back to back shouts.

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids volunteer crew were paged at 3.06pm, 3 August to a capsized kayaker in Ramsey Sound and ended at a medical evacuation from Whitesands Bay.

RNLI/Ellen Evans

D-Class lifeboat Marian and Alan Clayton with three crew on board launched at 3.20pm to an overturned kayak in Ramsey Sound, once launched and the crew began to search it was confirmed the kayaker was safe and well after being picked up by local fishing boat Zolotoy.

The D-Class was then immediately tasked to assist RNLI lifeguards from Whitesands who were treating someone who had fallen from the Rams Nose and was on neighbouring beach Porth Lleuog. The casualty had been collected from the water by a paddle boarder and taken to the beach where the lifeguards were administering medical care while the lifeboat crew assisted.

On arrival of the Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Caernarfon, the casualty was stabilised and made ready by the winchman before being transferred to Cardiff Heath Hospital. St Davids Coastguard rescue team were also on scene.

The inshore lifeboat then returned the lifeguards and their equipment back to Whitesands Beach before returning to station at 5.26pm.

A St Davids RNLI spokesperson says:

‘This is a great example of a multi agency response, we were lucky enough to train with our neighbouring RNLI lifeguards in a medical exercise earlier this year, which undoubtedly helped the crews work together so well today.’

If you see anyone in danger on the coast call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

RNLI/Ellen Evans

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