Abersoch RNLI called out to drifting inflatable off Poth Neigwl

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 5.04pm Sunday 25 July to investigate an unmanned jet ski and then diverted to assist a drifting inflatable.

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The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 5.15pm and headed out to investigate the jet ski however Pwllheli lifeboat were tasked to take over as Abersoch crew were diverted by HM Coastguard to assist an inflatable drifting off Porth Neigwl.

On arrival at the scene, in a moderate sea state and a northerly wind, they found the inflatable with one person holding on and one in the water trying to assist. Both casualties, who were not wearing lifejackets, were taken on board the lifeboat and assessed by the crew. They were then returned to the shore along with the inflatable and handed over to the care of Aberdaron Coast Guard.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station at 6.30pm where it was thoroughly cleaned, refuelled and left ready for service.  

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andy Vowell, said ‘We would always advise that inflatables are best kept for use in the pool and should not be used in the sea’. He added, ‘If you are planning a day out on the water, we always recommend that you wear a lifejacket and have a means of calling for help’.  

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