Abersoch RNLI called out to reports of a rib in difficulty.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged at 2.09pm Friday 18 June after reports were received by HM Coastguard of a small rib drifting out of sight off Llanbedrog headland.

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The Peter and Ann Setten Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched at 2.20pm. On arrival at the scene the small inflatable, which had a 2HP outboard fitted and two people on board, was found on Warren beach, east of Llanbedrog headland.

The small vessel had departed from Pwllheli and was unable to make any headway on it’s return due to the wind strength, choppy sea state and moderate swell. The casualties, one adult male and one teenage male, were wearing wet suits and also carrying a mobile phone. No lifejackets were on board.

HM Coastguard mobile unit dealt with the casualties ashore.

Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andy Vowell, said, ‘It is essential that you always check the weather conditions and tide times before heading out and ensure that your vessel is suitable for the conditions’. He also added that, ‘Lifejackets should be worn at all times’.

Notes to editors

· Aberosch Lifeboat Station has been operating for just over 150 years. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/abersoch-lifeboat-station

· The current B Class Atlantic 85 Lifeboat the‘Peter & Ann Setten’ launches to a variety of both commercial and leisure craft call-outs.

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For more information contact Sarah Leather, Abersoch Lifeboat Press Officer 07583 084338 or email sarah_Leather@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 01745 585 162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

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