Moelfre’s RNLI Volunteer Crew Launch to Overdue Lone Kayaker.
Moelfre’s inshore lifeboat Enfys2 was tasked by Holyhead Coastguard at 14:20 this afternoon (14/04/22) to reports of an overdue Kayaker somewhere between Benllech and Traeth Bychan, after concerned family members contacted the coastguard to say the lady had not returned to shore.
As the call came in, the station’s coxswain and mechanic had already been observing a kayaker for the last 15 minutes approximately 1nm NE off Benllech, struggling to make headway. The description of the overdue kayaker matched that of the one under observation from the station crew, and with that the ILB launched and proceeded at best speed.
Although in no immediate danger, the lady in her 30s wasn’t aware of the concerns her family member had. However, the lady had no lifejacket, no means of communication and no method of telling the time (after agreeing to return back to the beach at 2pm). The casualty was taken aboard the ILB along with the Kayak and reunited with the concerned family members at Traeth Bychan, having already paddled over a mile past it and hadn’t realised.
The lady was given sound safety advice before being handed over to the care of Moelfre Coastguard team.
The ILB returned to station and was made ready for the Bank Holiday weekend.
For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910
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