Llandudno RNLI volunteers called to service in extremely challenging weather
Holyhead Coastguard alerted the Llandudno RNLI lifeboat at 4.30pm on Monday (8 February). This was following an emergency call requesting them to search the coastline in the vicinity of the Little Orme and Penrhyn Bay for a member of the public reported to be in a potentially perilous situation.
Llandudno’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Dr Barbara Saunderson with her volunteer crew launched soon after to assist in a rescue with the Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team.
The casualty who had been caught out by the incoming tide had scrambled up the lower cliffs to avoid the rising waters. With the inshore lifeboat on scene the Coastguard team were able to help the casualty walk along the shoreline to safety.
The Dr Barbara Saunderson with her volunteer crew returned safely to the Lifeboat Station to be recovered at 5.20pm.
Llandudno Lifeboat Operations Manager, Captain Marcus Elliott said:
'Although on paper this might have appeared to be a fairly routine operation, it was in fact a particularly challenging situation for the volunteer crew who put to sea. The weather and sea conditions were actually extremely hazardous because of the strong on shore easterly winds and the freezing temperature.
'It is important for the public to think about the local dangers, I would reiterate the need for everyone, whether local or not, to check tide times if they are planning to walk around the area’s beaches, especially as being cut off by the tide is a common cause of lifeboat call outs and even more dangerous in the winter when sea temperatures are low. I would also urge those considering any coastline activities to think about the current COVID-19 regulations and not put the lifesaving services to potentially unnecessary risks.'
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.