RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

04/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/22/2019 09:34

Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat rescues kite surfer and kayaker near Shell Island

At 2.15pm on Monday the 22nd of April, 2019 volunteer Crewmembers from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station responded to an emergency call that saw a kite surfer and kayaker rescued near Shell Island.

The initial call received by HM Coastguard reported a kite surfer in difficulty after being unable to get their kite airborne. The Crew promptly launched the Station's Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat, Doris Joan from Criccieth.

As the Lifeboat approached the kite surfer, they spotted a lone kayaker waving for assistance. The Crew approached the kayaker, who's craft was partly submerged, and soon realised they required immediate rescue and was not wearing a lifejacket. Once safely aboard the Lifeboat and in the care of the Crew, the Lifeboat approached the kite surfer and took them aboard. Both casualties were suffering from the effects of the cold.

Both were transferred to the care of the HM Coastguard team from Harlech.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridgeand Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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