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Pwllheli RNLI inshore lifeboat rescues youths from breakwater

Lifeboats News Release

Pwllheli RNLI’s D-class inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard at 6.12pm on Sunday 4 June to assist a group of four youths who were stranded on the breakwater of Pwllheli Marina with injuries to their legs.

A D-class inshore lifeboat speeding through a flat calm sea with three lifeboat crew in full kit onboard

RNLI/Heidi Bakewell

Pwllheli RNLI Inshore D-Class lifeboat rescued four stranded youths
The RNLI D-class lifeboat launched with four volunteer RNLI crew onboard and made its way to the scene. Two of the youths were assisted into the lifeboat and taken ashore while two volunteer crew members stayed on the breakwater with the remaining two youths.

Once the first pair were safely ashore, the inshore lifeboat returned to the breakwater where the RNLI volunteer crew helped the youths into the lifeboat and back to the shore.

Criccieth Coastguard mobile unit was waiting on the beach to assess and treat the youths, who had minor cuts and bruises, before they were collected by their parents.

Dave Williams, RNLI Pwllheli D-class helm said: ‘We pleased we were able to safely assist the youths off the rocks. The situation could have been much more serious as it was an incoming tide and half an hour after the rescue the breakwater was covered with water.’

The weather was sunny with clear skies and excellent visibility, light south easterly air and a calm sea.

The D-Class lifeboat returned to Pwllheli RNLI lifeboat station at 6.40pm and was made ready for service.

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For more information contact Elizabeth Denholm, Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07806 800627 or email [email protected]. Alternatively contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected].

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