Beaumaris Lifeboat diverted from a training to search for people on a sandbar.
The volunteer crew of the Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat had launched at 6.25 pm on a training exercise when at 6.30 pm a request was received from the U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead to go investigate a report of people cut off on a sandbar near Penmaenmawr.
The Penmon and Bangor Mobile Coastguard Rescue Teams had already been tasked to the incident, however sea mist was now obscuring the sandbar in patches.
The initial report indicated that the two adults and one child had been seen on the sandbar at Lavan Sands/ Dutchman Bank before tithe tide came in However a thorough search by the coastguard teams and the lifeboat failed to locate anyone as it was now considered that they had managed to make their own way to the shore the U.K. Coastguard Centre at Holyhead stood down both Mobile Rescue Teams and the Lifeboat at 7.30 pm
This enabled to lifeboat volunteers to commence their training exercise approximately one hour later than planned.
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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.