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Moelfre RNLI assists struggling kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

This afternoon (Sunday 29 May), Moelfre RNLI volunteers were requested by HM Coastguard to launch their lifeboat after receiving reports from a passer-by that two kayaks were in danger of being driven onto the rocks at Porth Llechog (Bull Bay) when faced with a challenging onshore breeze.

RNLI Supporter Gwynfor Jones.

Moelfre RNLI

Moelfre RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Kiwi launched at 1.06pm and was on scene within 20 minutes. One of the kayakers had managed to make his way to the sheltered bay at Porth Llechog. The volunteer crew didn’t initially spot the second kayak due to the kayak sporting camouflaged colours, and the adult on board was wearing dark colours.

Once spotted, the kayaker was then advised to row towards the all-weather lifeboat so that he could be brought onboard the lifeboat along with his kayak. He was then conveyed nearer the shore to the awaiting Cemaes and Moelfre Coastguard Rescue Team. He did not require any medical treatment.

Andy Hoyle, Moelfre RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'It is advisable to wear bright colours when out on the water, so that passing watercraft can keep out of your way and so that you can be spotted easily. We want to thank the passer-by for raising their concerns, and if you ever see anyone in difficulty, please call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.'


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

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