Llandudno RNLI inshore lifeboat launched in response to an emergency call from a concerned member of the public. The person had seen a paddle boarder and kayaker heading out to sea in the direction of the Gwynt y Mor wind farm.
The D Class lifeboat Dr. Barbara Saunderson
launched shortly after a tasking alert from Holyhead HM Coastguard at 2.38pm on Saturday afternoon.
The inshore lifeboat with three volunteer crew members on board proceeded to a location approximately five nautical miles northeast of the Little Orme’s Head. After a period of searching the crew were able to find two people who were still heading further out to sea.
Both the lifeboat and the Holyhead Coastguard were able to communicate with the boarders to confirm their safety and offer advice before the lifeboat returned to Llandudno.
A RNLI spokesperson commented: 'While we want our visitors to North Wales to enjoy all that the beaches can offer, it is always important to thoroughly prepare for any activity you plan to undertake on the coastal waters.'
For paddle boarders and kayakers there are several ways to ensure you can stay safe:
• Carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach
• Check your equipment for damage before use
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
• Check the weather forecast and tide times
• Wear a suitable approved buoyancy aid.
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
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