RNLI Moelfre Volunteers Tasked to Search Notorious Tidal Cut-Off Bay

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Moelfre volunteers were tasked this afternoon after HM Coastguard received a call from a concerned member of the public that a person was in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide at Traeth Coch.

RNLI/Volunteer Dawn Hughes.

Enfys 2, the station Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) with three crew members on board, launched at 12:48 pm.

While the ILB searched on the water, both Moelfre and Penmon mobile Coastguard teams also searched along the shoreline.

After a thorough search of the area with no evidence of a person being in difficulties, the ILB was then stood down by HM Coastguard and was back at the boathouse by 14:01, where she was then cleaned, decontaminated, and made ready for the next call to service by the shore crew.

The concerned member of the public did the right thing in dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard as there have now been several similar incidents at Traeth Coch (Red Wharf) over the years. The RNLI urge visitors to the area to be aware of how quickly the tide comes into areas like Traeth Coch and Llanddona. They should be aware of tide times and take extra care at the sizeable sandy bay areas to avoid the risk of becoming stranded. Children should be carefully supervised when visiting these areas. If there are any concerns for the safety of individuals, the Coastguard should be advised at once by calling 999 or 112”.

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


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