RNLI Moelfre Volunteers Assist Kayakers Struggling in Tidal Race.

Lifeboats News Release

Today (7/12/2022) at 10:50 am, the RNLI volunteers at Moelfre lifeboat station launched the all-weather lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ after H.M. Coastguard had been alerted that two kayakers were in difficulties near Point Lynas.

RNLI/Gaz Owen

The RNLI lifeboat (ALB) made good speed towards the last know location of the kayakers.

Moelfre and Cemaes Coastguard teams were already on scene and were able to confirm that both kayakers had been able to recover themselves and one of the kayaks onto the rocks below Point Lynas lighthouse.

Both Kayakers informed the coastguard team that they were fit and well and did not require medical assistance.

With one of the kayaks still needing to be recovered, the RNLI volunteers launched the ALB onboard tender.
(The Y-class is mainly used as a small tender carried on board the larger RNLI all-weather lifeboat)
With two RNLI crew members aboard the tender, they then made their way onto the rocky outcrop to recover the unattended kayak; with the kayak onboard the Y-Boat, the lifeboat crew made their way to a nearby jetty to the awaiting coastguard team, who then assisted in getting the kayak ashore.

Once the Y-Boat had been recovered back aboard the ALB, the RNLI crew then headed back to the boathouse in Moelfre.

Commenting on the callout Moelfre Coxswain Alan Owen described conditions as being calm on land, but due to the tidal race around Point Lynas, the sea was very choppy or what is often referred to as a confused sea.
Both Kayakers were well-equipped, and being able to raise the alarm to the Coastguard via a mobile device was the right choice to make.

Before leaving the scene, the onshore Coastguard teams were able to offer both kayakers some additional safety advice.

The ALB was back on the slip at 11:55 am to be made ready for her next call to service.

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

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