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Busy Sunday for Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were kept busy on Sunday (18 June) responding to tow call outs.

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

RNLI/James Tatham

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat

At 11:26 am, Porthdinllaen all-weather lifeboat with Second Coxswain Robert Jones at the helm, was requested to launch to investigate reports of an inflatable object floating out at sea from Dinas Dinlle. With calm seas, the lifeboat made the best possible speed towards the reported position of the object. On arrival on scene, it was reported that the Coastguard Team from Llandwrog had located the object, an inflatable ring on a nearby beach. The lifeboat conducted a search of the area and with no reports of a missing person, HM Coastguard were satisfied that the lifeboat could be stood down from duty and return to her station.

Arriving back at Porthdinllaen, the lifeboat was washed down, refuelled, and ready for service by 1:45 PM

Later in the day at 6:30 pm, the volunteer lifeboat crew were paged by HM Coastguard after a member of the public, out walking near Nefyn beach, had reported what looked like a paddle board floating out in Nefyn Bay. Within 5 minutes of launching, the lifeboat was on scene after a brief search, located an old tree trunk floating nearby, and which incidentally looked similar in shape and size to an empty paddleboard. Satisfied that there was no one missing, the lifeboat crew retrieved the object, to eliminate any risk of collision to boat users.

The lifeboat returned to station and was washed down and refuelled and ready for service by 07:30 pm.

Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen said:

'We were glad to investigate both reports from the public, and thank them for their vigilance. If you are walking the coast or down at the beach, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

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