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Abersoch RNLI tasked to assist with Coastguard rescue.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged at 8.46pm on Tuesday 3rd October to provide water safety support for the rescue of a teenager who had fallen on Llanbedrog headland.

RNLI/Steve Nelson, Abersoch RNLI

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 8.57pm and arrived at the scene at 9.01pm. The Coastguard 936 rescue helicopter and the local Coastguard team were at the scene where the 15 year old casualty had fallen onto a ledge on the headland.

Due to the rising tide the lifeboat crew were on standby in the event that the casualty could not be winched to safety or the remaining Coastguard team were unable to leave the scene via the cliff base.

The casualty, who had a suspected broken leg, was extracted off the cliff ledge by the helicopter who then transferred him to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

Once all the remaining rescue team were safely back on the beach the lifeboat returned to the station where it was washed down, refuelled and left ready for service at 11.12pm.

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

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