Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew paged to missing paddleboarders.
HM Coastguard requested assistance at 2.32pm Thursday 24 August following reports of two people out paddleboarding who had not returned at the expected time.
The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.44pm and headed towards the moorings located at the Warren side of the bay. The two paddleboarders were spotted by the Beach Patrol jetski. The casualties were escorted ashore by the Beach Patrol and they were then handed over to the care of the Abersoch Coastguard team.
The lifeboat returned to the station at 3.06pm where it was then washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.
A spokesperson for Abersoch RNLI said, ‘It is important to always let someone know where you are going, what time you expect to return and that you have a means of calling for help whenever you head out onto the water’. They added, ‘If you are concerned that someone is overdue call 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.
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