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Late evening, early morning search undertaken by the Beaumaris Lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.07 pm on Wednesday 13 July 2022 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from U.K. Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Holyhead relating to a report of an object seen floating under the Britannia bridge.

Recovery of Beaumaris Lifeboat in the early morning

RNLI/P Blackwell

Recovery of Beaumaris Lifeboat in the early morning

The Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington with her volunteer crew launched at 11.21 pm and proceeded towards the advised search area.

A network rail employee working on the bridge had seen an object floating under the bridge with the tide, The U.K. Coastguard deployed assets to the area to identify the object.

In addition to the Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers, three Mobile Coastguard Rescue teams from, Bangor, Penmon and Llandwrog and the Coastguard rescue helicopter also attended.

In line with the directional flow of the tide on the Menai Strait a thorough search was made from the Britannia bridge to the golf club at Caernarfon using both fleur and spotlights.

When nothing had been found by 2.15 am the U.K. Coastguard centre at Holyhead stood down the lifeboat, coastguards teams continuing with a shoreline search.

The lifeboat returned to her station at Beaumaris arriving a 2.30 am to be refuelled and cleaned under the still current RNLI Covid 19 instructions.

Once this had been completed by 3.10 am the crew left to return to their beds to try and get for a few hours’ sleep before going to their respective paid occupations.

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