Abersoch RNLI called out to paddleboarder struggling to get back to the shore.

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew were paged by UK Coastguard at 11.21am Monday 9 August to following reports of a paddleboarder in difficulty off Abersoch main beach.

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The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 11.36am and arrived at the scene within minutes and found a further person on an inflatable trying to assist in towing the paddleboarder back to the shore. The crew checked whether any medical assistance was required and remained on scene until the casualties, one adult female and one teenage male, were safely back on the beach. Neither of the casualties were wearing lifejackets.

The volunteer crew then carried out a sweep of the bay and came across five people at Penrhyn Du, 1 adult male, 2 teenagers and 2 children, on paddleboards who were in danger of being swept out to sea in the strong offshore wind. The lifeboat escorted the casualties, who were not wearing lifejackets and had no means of communication, back to the safety of the beach.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station at 12.20pm where it was thoroughly cleaned, refuelled and left ready for service.

Volunteer helm, Andy Gunby, said ‘Here at Abersoch we want to make sure your paddleboard experience is one you will remember for all the right reasons by taking some steps to stay safe, such as wearing a suitable floatation device and leash and always carrying a means of calling for help such as a fully charged mobile phone in a watereproof pouch’. He further advised ‘Check the weather forecast and tides and if you are in any doubt then don’t go out and ensure someone knows you are going out’.

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Notes to editors

· Aberosch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/abersoch-lifeboat-station

· 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 : Emma Wood Abersoch RNLI

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