Abersoch RNLI called to assist paddleboarders in two separate call-outs.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were first paged by HM Coastguard at 3.32pm on Tuesday 30 August 2022 following reports of a paddleboarder being swept out to sea.

RNLI/Emma Wood

The Peter & Ann Setten Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.40pm and headed out towards Aberdaron in a moderate easterly wind.

A passing fishing vessel had been able to assist the paddleboarder, who was not wearing a lifejacket, and had returned them safely to the shore. The volunteer crew were stood down as no further assistance was required.

On returning to the lifeboat station a member of the public alerted the crew to a female casualty with a suspected fractured ankle on Min-y-Don beach.

The casualty, who had been out paddleboarding, was placed on a stretcher and the lifeboat then returned to the station at 4.31pm. Casualty care was administered by the volunteer crew and an ambulance was requested with a wait time of approximately 3-4 hours.

After receiving pain relief the casualty felt able to be driven by her partner to Ysbyty Gwynedd Accident & Emergency department, leaving the lifeboat station at 8.05pm.

The lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and left ready for service by the volunteer shore crew.

If you do get into difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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