Portrhdinllaen RNLI rescues two persons from capsized boat.

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen lifeboat volunteers were requested to launch by UK Coastguard at Holyhead after they had received a DSC Mayday alert.

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat pictured in action

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen RNLI in action
The DSC Mayday distress call had been received from a sailing dinghy whose last know position was four miles from the station.

The lifeboat made the best possible speed to the last known position of the sailing dinghy. Once on location the volunteers found that the dinghy had capsized with the two persons in the water clinging on to the craft. The immediate concern was for the two casualties, who had been in the water for over 20 minutes.

The casualties were quickly taken onboard the lifeboat and assessed by the casualty care trained lifeboat crew. They were found to be tired and suffering from the effects of the cold, but otherwise none the worse for their ordeal.

The stricken dinghy was taken in tow and landed safely at Nefyn beach. The casualties were taken back to the warmth of the lifeboat station, giving a warm drink and checked over again by the volunteer crew.

Owain Williams, Coxswain at Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station added 'The casualties were well equipped, with proper clothing and personal protective equipment. They also had a means for calling for help, which ultimately they had to use and made finding and rescuing them much easier and quicker'.

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