Llandudno RNLI launches to three sightings of unidentified floating objects.
Llandudno all weather lifeboat William F Yates was launched at 1.40 pm yesterday afternoon. HM Coastguard tasked the crew to investigate reports of an inflatable object being blown out to sea from Colwyn Bay.
In conjunction with the coastguard team on scene, the lifeboat soon located an unoccupied partially deflated Lilo, a search was made in the immediate vicinity, but no trace was found of a potential occupant.
While dealing with this initial task, a further notification occurred reporting two persons in a nine-foot dinghy possibly in distress somewhere close to Raynes Jetty near Llanddulas. The coastguards were again able to guide the lifeboat to their location. The occupants believed they did not require assistance and intended to continue making their way to Pensarn. After a conversation with the Lifeboat Coxswain, they were however persuaded to be towed back to the shore at Old Colwyn where serious safety advice was offered.
On the return journey to Llandudno the lifeboat was diverted to the Rhosneiger buoy at Rhos Point following a further report of an unidentified object in the water, however, this turned out to be an orange marker buoy and no action was required. At the same time the crew found a large piece of flotsam which they recovered to remove the risk to other vessels.
Graham Heritage Lifeboat Coxswain reported, ‘We had a busy afternoon around Colwyn Bay, working closely with the coastguard team we retrieved the Lilo and a large piece of wood to reduce the risk of future call outs, we also towed the occupants of the rescued dinghy back to Old Colwyn for their own safety, it was necessary to give them advice about the importance of wearing a lifejacket when taking to the water.’
The RNLI report, every year, around two hundred people drown in the coastal waters around the UK and Ireland. These tragedies happen to people taking part in a wide range of water-based and waterside activities.
Wearing a lifejacket can increase your chances of survival by up to four times if you are immersed in cold water. Whatever your activity, wearing a well-fitted, well-maintained and suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid could save your life.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively, Claire Elshaw, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 or [email protected]
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