New Quay RNLI launches inshore lifeboat twice on Bank Holiday weekend

Lifeboats News Release

On the Bank Holiday weekend New Quay RNLI was tasked by HM Coastguard to launch its inshore lifeboat twice, first to assist an injured kayaker and then a stricken yacht.

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New Quay RNLI's inshore lifeboat launching on service

On Saturday 29 May New Quay RNLI’s D-class inshore lifeboat, the Audrey LJ, was tasked to assist RNLI lifeguards with an injured kayaker near Llangrannog.

Huw Williams, New Quay RNLI helm said, “We made good time down the coast as the conditions were favourable. We located the casualty and evacuated them from a small beach between Cilborth and Ynys Lochtyn, and transferred him to Llangrannog beach where we handed over to RNLI lifeguards and the ambulance service.

“We remained on scene to ensure the safety of the lifeguard who was towing the casualty's kayak back to Llangrannog before being stood down and returning to station.”

The following day, Sunday 30 May the D-class inshore lifeboat again launched on service to assist a yacht with mechanical failure two miles west of New Quay Head.

Huw added, “The yacht, with two persons on board, was on passage between Swansea and Pwllheli when they experienced difficulties. As the conditions were good we took the vessel under tow with the inshore lifeboat and ensured she was safely anchored in New Quay harbour before returning to station.

“With the busy summer season upon us, remember if you find yourself or see anyone else in trouble at sea or on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

RNLI media contact

For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at kate_williams@rnli.org.uk or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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New Quay RNLI's inshore lifeboat on scene with the broken down yacht

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