Llandudno RNLI launch twice on hottest day on record

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno volunteer crew launched at 12:40pm on Tuesday 19th July to assist two paddle-boarders that had been taken out to sea by a strong offshore wind and were reported to be half a mile off Colwyn Bay Beach.

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The inshore lifeboat, Dr Barbara Saunderson, headed straight towards the given position, through the choppy swell that had built up from the wind. While en-route, the lifeboat was informed that the casualties had been located, one being taken aboard a local fishing boat, and the other being taken ashore by a jetski in the area. Once the lifeboat was on scene, they made their way to the fishing vessel, which had steamed to a more sheltered area close to Porth Eirias. They then transferred the casualty and paddle-boards from the fishing vessel and back to shore, where Llandudno Coastguard were in attendance. The lifeboat then proceeded back to the boathouse, where she was refueled and made ready for service.

Just minutes after the refueling and washing of all equipment, the inshore lifeboat was then tasked again. This time to reports of a casualty that had got into difficulty while swimming at the base of the Little Orme and was at that time, clinging onto a rock and was unable to get back to shore. The lifeboat re-launched and located the casualty, got them aboard the boat and took them back to the lifeboat station, where Llandudno Coastguard were once again there to offer assistance.

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