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Porthdinllaen RNLI launch to reports of two persons in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard, to reports of two persons in an inflatable dinghy being blown offshore from Newborough beach.

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat launching down her slipway

RNLI/James Tatham

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat launching down her slipway

The lifeboat with Coxswain Owain Williams at the helm and a compliment of volunteer crew launched at 5:10 pm and made best possible speed to the area, arriving on scene within 40 minutes. On arrival, the lifeboat started a search of the area and located the dinghy with the casualties on board a mile from the first reported position.

The casualties were quickly taken on-board the lifeboat where they were checked over by a casualty care trained crew member where they were found to be none the worse of their ordeal. The casualties were transferred ashore at Newborough beach by the lifeboat onboard Y boat tender.

Coxswain Owain Williams said:

'This rescue shows the importance of having means of calling for help when you are out on the sea. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that inflatables are better suited for pools, because they can be blown so quickly out to sea. We urge anybody venturing to the beach to take extra care and be aware of others around you, if you do see somebody in difficulties, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and give as much information as possible.'

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