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Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers get a familiar feeling with call out to a jet ski

Lifeboats News Release

The Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers received two separate call outs to the same jet ski in just over 24 hours. At 5.48 pm on Thursday 7 September 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from H.M. Coastguard relating to a jet ski aground at Traeth Gwyllt by Caernarfon.

The Relief lifeboat Irene Cornford being launched at Beaumaris

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The Relief lifeboat Irene Cornford being launched at Beaumaris

The relief Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Irene Cornford currently based at Beaumaris with her volunteer crew launched a 6.04 pm and proceeded to get as close as possible to the reported position of the jet -ski and the three occupants thereof.

Due to the jet ski being aground one of the volunteer crew members left the lifeboat and proceeded on foot over the sandbar whilst the lifeboat went to collect a rope to anchor the vessel pending it re-floating on an incoming tide.

Initially two of the casualties wanted to be returned ashore whilst the third elected to remain with the craft. However, whilst travelling to Menai Bridge the lifeboat was advised that the third person had changed his mind and now wished to be evacuated; thus, the lifeboat had to return to Caernarfon.

The lifeboat then departed from the scene at 7.40 pm to return to her station to be refuelled and cleaned.

Once this had been completed, he crew left the station.

Next day at 6.26 pm on Friday 8 September the volunteers received a page form H.M. Coastguard to attend one person aboard the jet ski in the same location and the lifeboat launched at 6.34 pm.

It appears the owner had gone back aboard not realising that the water depth would be insufficient to float the craft. Further advise given regarding tide depths and times, in meantime took him back to Menai Bridge. So, he could arrange for the jet ski to be recovered when sufficient water depth available over the sandbar.

A RNLI spokesman said, ‘We would recommend that all jet skiers have the correct equipment on board including an anchor and lifejackets for all aboard and check the tide times to avoid low tide’.

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