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Beaumaris Lifeboat volunteers investigate kayak found adrift in the Menai Strait

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.05 pm on Friday 15 September 2023 the volunteer crew members of the Beaumaris lifeboat received a page from H.M. Coastguard relating to an empty kayak that had been recovered by a passing vessel between the two bridges.

The Relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Irene Cornford currently at Beaumaris

RNLI/ T. Walters

The Relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Irene Cornford currently at Beaumaris

The relief Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Irene Cornford currently based at Beaumaris with her volunteer crew launched at 12.10 pm and proceeded to Menai Bridge pier to examine the kayak, to ascertain if it was derelict or not.

Once on scene it was confirmed that this was in fact a derelict craft and that no one was missing, consequently the lifeboat was instructed to return to station.

The lifeboat returned to her station at Beaumaris arriving at 12.45 pm being refuelled and cleaned. And ready for service by 1.15 pm

Once this had been completed the crew left the station.

A RNLI spokesman said, “It is always better for us to investigate any vessel found abandoned and we thank the crew of the boat that brought the kayak back to the pier at Menai Bridge.’

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