Moelfre RNLI Volunteers Tasked to Save Teenage Paddleboarder.

Lifeboats News Release

Today at 1:58 pm, the volunteers at Moelfre lifeboat station launched the D-Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) after being tasked by H.M.Coastguard, who had received a call from a concerned mother that her teenage daughter on a paddleboard was struggling in the offshore wind near Porth yr Aber.

RNLI/Phil Williams

When the ILB arrived on the scene, the young female paddleboarder had already managed to make it back to shore; the casualty care trained ILB crew then carried out a medical assessment on the young lady and her father, who had swum out to assist his daughter; neither of them needed any further medical assistance.

The teenage paddleboarder was wearing a lifejacket; after giving the family some sea safety advice, the ILB was then stood down and returned to the boathouse.

Tom Lomax, one of the crew on today’s shout, said. “If you see someone in trouble in the water, your instinct may be to go in after them. You should never enter the water and instead alert the Coastguard by dialling 999 or 112. The Coastguard work alongside the RNLI and other specialist agencies to respond to any emergency on the coast. You mustn't attempt to enter the water yourself, as this puts you directly in danger and may result in you getting into difficulty and needing to be rescued. If people run into trouble, the RNLI advice is to stay on the paddleboard until help arrives”.

For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07773 979910

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