Beaumaris lifeboat launched to a report of a swimmer in difficulties.
At 2.05 pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead relating to a report of a swimmer who might be in difficulties.
The volunteer crew of the Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched as soon as possible in order to investigate this report of a swimmer clinging to the side of a boat between the award-winning Bangor pier and Gazelle hotel.
In addition, to the lifeboat Mobile Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bangor and Penmon had also been tasked to this incident.
Once on scene it became apparent that a mooring buoy alongside the vessel had probable been mistaken for a swimmer. However, a search of the area was undertaken whilst the coastguard spoke to people on both the Bangor and Anglesey sides of the Menai Strait.
Once it was ascertained that it was the mooring buoy that had been mistaken for a person, the search was called off and the lifeboat and coastguard units returned to their respective basis.
This was a call made with good intent by the person reporting the incident, fortunately in this instance no life was actually in danger
The lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 2.42 pm to be refuelled and cleaned under the current Covid 19 instructions. Once this had been completed the crew left the station.
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