Porthdinllaen RNLI launched to search for paddle boarder in difficulties.

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen all-weather lifeboat volunteer crew were paged at 4:40pm after UK Coastguard had received reports of a person on a board being blown out to sea at Dinas Dinlle.

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Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat

The lifeboat made it way to the last reported location of the casualty and after an initial search of the vicinity, nothing was found. The lifeboat immediately commenced a search pattern of the area with additional assistance provided by the Coastguard Rescue helicopter based at nearby Caernarfon airport.

A shore based Coastguard team from nearby Llandwrog was also tasked to do a coastline search between Trefor and Dinas Dinlle.

With a vast area searched with no sighting, an inflatable Unicorn was spotted off the coast and retrieved by the Coastguard. Satisfied that no person was missing, the search was called off. The lifeboat returned to station, was refuelled and ready for service by 8:30pm.

Owain Williams, Coxswain at Porthdinllaen added: ‘We would always encourage the public to call 99 if they spot somebody in difficulties.'

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