Friday 13th Proves Lucky For Kayaker Blown Offshore.

Lifeboats News Release

This afternoon, RNLI Moelfre's volunteer crew were paged to reports of a person in the water from a capsized inflatable off Lligwy Beach.

RNLI/Dawn Hughes, Fundraiser.

Today's shout.

The crew were directly alerted at 14:52 this afternoon (13/08/2021) to reports that a lady was in the water and was struggling to make it back to shore. Moelfre Inshore Lifeboat Enfys 2 (ILB) was prepared, and the crew were underway within 5 minutes of being paged and made the best speed to the area.

Once on scene, it was apparent that an eagle-eyed member of the public had seen the drama unfolding and paddled out on his kayak in an attempt to rescue the lady. But unfortunately, the lady could not get out of the water, so she clung to the kayak awaiting rescue from the lifeboat.

The lady was quickly lifted from the water and assessed by the volunteer crew, brought ashore, and handed over to the members of Moelfre Coastguard. Although she had been in the water for some time, she was shaken but medically ok she also wasn't wearing a lifejacket.

The lady explained that she was being blown further and further out to sea and panicked, so she jumped in the water in an attempt to swim ashore. Fortunately, she was seen by several people, and the gentleman's goodwill in the kayak prevented a more severe outcome.

Lifeboat helm Dwynwen Parry advised.

"Inflatables are lethal in any kind of offshore wind and should not be used, especially without the correct safety equipment. The lady was very fortunate that someone saw it happening, and it wasn't until she reached the safety of the shore the realism of what had happened hit her. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, stay on/ in the Inflatable until you are rescued; never jump in and swim ashore. She was one fortunate lady."

The team at RNLI Moelfre advises anyone using Inflatables to always consider the wind direction and speed before venturing out. When using them at the beach, always tether them with a rope; if children are playing in them, always stay within the shallow depth of water and make sure an adult is always supervising. Lifejackets are a must for anyone venturing any distance offshore and never jump in the water when it goes wrong; please stay with the Inflatable because it will help keep you afloat, and it's much easier for us to see or locate.

After returning to the station crew at the boathouse spotted 2 Inflatables and 2 persons in the water some distance offshore at Benllech Beach; the ILB relaunched and, along with the Moelfre Coastguard team, ensured all persons in the water made it ashore safely, and additional safety advice was given to all other people on the water in Inflatables, kayaks and paddleboards. The wind at the time was 20 knots, gusting 30 knots in a south-westerly (offshore) direction.

For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910

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