Donate now

RNLI Moelfre Volunteers Launch to Assist Ten People and Dogs at Tidal Sandbank.

Lifeboats News Release

Wednesday 23rd August, the station volunteers launched our Inshore lifeboat (ILB) at 1:41pm after being tasked by H.M. Coastguard that ten people plus dogs were in danger of being cut off by the tide at Traeth Coch (Red Wharf Bay).

RNLI/Phil Williams

Moelfre and Penmon Coastguard rescue teams were also tasked.
When the ILB was near the location, further information was received by the Coastguard operational room that all casualties had made it safely ashore at Traeth Pentraeth.

All assets were then stood down to return to their respective stations.

Helm, Osian Roberts, said

“The concerned onlooker did the right thing in dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard, as there have now been several similar incidents at Traeth Coch (Red Wharf) over the years. The RNLI urges visitors to the area to be alert of how quickly the tide comes into areas like Traeth Coch and Llanddona. They should be aware of tide times and take extra care at the sizeable sandy bay areas to avoid getting stranded. Children should be carefully supervised when visiting these areas. If there are any concerns for the safety of individuals, the Coastguard should be advised at once by calling 999 or 112”.

Moelfre Lifeboat volunteers attended our first callout since the devastating and untimely loss of our Coxswain, Alan Owen. The crew members are in the depths of grief but continue showing outstanding professionalism and courage. Emotions ran high, but the highly trained crew honoured Alan's legacy of service and demonstrated their everlasting commitment to saving lives at sea.

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

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.