St Davids RNLI volunteer crew rescue three stand up paddle boarders

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 2:17pm on Wednesday 31st August after a series of 999 calls concerned for the welfare of three stand-up paddle boarders blown out to sea off Caerfai Bay.

Paul James

Norah Wortley and daughter boat rescuing SUP boarders in Caerfai Bay

Calls were made to HM Coastguard by both onlookers and the casualties themselves.

The charity’s all-weather Tamar class lifeboat, Norah Wortley, launched shortly after and made best speed to the location.

The casualties were swiftly located using binoculars and were already three quarters of a mile offshore.

Once safely aboard the lifeboat, the casualties were returned to their launch point at Caerfai beach using our daughter boat. They were greeted by St Davids Coastguard Rescue Team who provided assistance once ashore.

Will Chant, RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, says: ‘Thankfully the casualties each had their own mobile devices protected in waterproof cases which enabled them to make the vital call for help. By remaining together on their stand-up paddle boards, they ensured we were able to locate and rescue them swiftly. If you’re heading to sea, check the forecast local weather conditions and always carry a means of calling for help.’

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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Daughter boat returning SUP boarders to Caerfai beach

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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