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Abersoch RNLI requested to launch to a windsurfer in difficulty.

Lifeboats News Release

HM Coastguard request assistance following a report of a windsurfer in difficulty at Porth Ysgo.

RNLI/Emma Wood, Abersoch RNLI

The volunteer crew were paged at 1.39pm and the lifeboat was launched within ten minutes.

During passage the crew were notified that the casualty, who was equipped with both a lifejacket and a means of calling for help, had been able to get ashore and was safe and well. The lifeboat continued to the scene to retrieve the windsurf sail which had been discarded.

They returned to the lifeboat station at 3.15pm with the sail which was later collected by the owner. The lifeboat was then washed down, refuelled and left ready for service.

Wyn Jones, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, said ‘Whenever heading out onto the water it’s important to have a means of calling for help, such as a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch, and to wear a personal flotation device suitable for the activity’. He added, ‘It was good to see that the windsurfer was well equipped and wearing the right clothing for the activity’.

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

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