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Abersoch RNLI receive a report of a person entering the water.

Lifeboats News Release

HM Coastguard paged the volunteer crew at 8.24pm on Friday 8 September 2023 following a report that someone had entered the water at Hafan y Mor carrying a backpack.

RNLI/Sarah Leather

The ‘Peter & Ann Setten’ Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched at 8.36pm and arrived at the scene of the reported incident at 8.55pm. Visibility was fair and the sea state was calm. Criccieth lifeboat was also on scene.

It was confirmed that the person was in fact spear fishing and in no danger. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to the station at 9.45pm.

The lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and left ready for service by the volunteer crew.

Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Wyn Jones, said, ‘The call was made with good intent as it was not known whether the person was in danger or not’. He added, ‘If you feel someone could be in trouble on or near the water, dial 999 and speak to the Coastguard’.

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