RNLI Fishguard respond to report of kayaker in distress
On Wednesday 31 May volunteer crew from RNLI Fishguard received a page from HM Coastguard in relation to a report of a kayaker in distress in the area of Newport Bay.
Crew were paged at 5.11pm by HM Coastguard requesting the immediate launch of both the charity’s Trent class all weather lifeboat Blue Peter VII and the smaller D Class inshore lifeboat Edward Arthur Richardson following a report of a kayaker at the location heard to be shouting for help.
The volunteer crew made their way to the location in moderate conditions. When they reached the location near to the old lifeboat station at Newport, they were informed that coastguards from Moylegrove had located a kayaker matching the description safe onshore.
The lifeboats proceeded to conduct a shoreline search of the nearby coast in order to be satisfied there were no other persons in need of assistance before making their way back to the station.
Cedwyn Rogers, RNLI Fishguard Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, said:
‘The call to the coastguard was made by a member of the public who had heard shouting in the area, thanks to their swift actions appropriate resources were able to be quickly dispatched to the scene.We would like to take the opportunity to remind anyone taking to the water to carry with them, within easy reach, a means of calling for assistance. This can be as simple as your own mobile phone in a waterproof pouch’
‘Anyone finding themselves, or anyone else in difficulty in, on or around the sea should have no hesitation in calling 999 or 112 and asking for the coastguard.’
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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 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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