Abersoch RNLI called out to three adults in difficulty on a Topaz Topper.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Abersoch RNLI were paged by HM Coastguard yesterday (26 May) at 13.02pm following reports of people in difficulty in a small sailing dinghy.

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The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched at 13.16pm and headed out towards St Tudwal’s Islands. The vessel, with three adults on board, had got into difficulty following a change in weather conditions and was struggling to return to the beach.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 13.21pm and the three casualties were taken aboard. A tow was established to return the dinghy to the main beach.

Two of the three casualities were equipped with lifejackets and also carried a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch.

Andy Vowell, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said ‘Weather conditions can change quickly and anyone heading out on the water should ensure they are adequately prepared’.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 14.05 where it was thoroughly cleaned down, refuellled and left ready for service.

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 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 07583084338 or email sarah_Leather@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Medior Officer on 01745 585 162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

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