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Abersoch RNLI called out to two paddleboarders

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged by UK Coastguard following reports of two paddleboarders who appeared to be in difficulty some quarter of a mile off the main slipway.

RNLI/Emma Wood

Abersoch RNLI were paged at 14.34pm Friday 6 August 2021 and the Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched at 14.45pm. With a strong south westerly wind and a choppy sea state the crew quickly located the two casualties.

One male and one female, who were not wearing lifejackets, were safely returned to the main beach where they were handed over to shorebased Coastguard team for assessment.

Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andy Vowell, said ‘We urge everyone who undertakes waterbased activities to always wear a lifejacket and have a means of communication, such as a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch, with them.’

The Atlantic 85 returned to the Abersoch lifeboat station where it was then thoroughly washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.

Notes to editors

· Aberosch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat the‘Peter & Ann Setten’ launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs.

· Photo credit: RNLI/Emma Wood

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For more information contact Sarah Leather, Abersoch Lifeboat Press Officer 07583 084338 or email [email protected]. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 01745 585 162 / 07771 941390 or email [email protected].

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