Llandudno inshore lifeboat launched to West Shore to help kitesurfers
Llandudno’s inshore lifeboat Dr Barbara Saunderson was launched late Sunday afternoon to aid a reportedly struggling kite surfer off the west coast of Llandudno.
The three-person crew, including new volunteer Benjamin Lee on his first shift, were quickly able to ensure the surfer was gradually returning to shore; the lifeboat remained at the scene to observe until the surfer returned safely to the beach.
Captain Marcus Elliott, director of lifeboat operations, who was on the west coast, explained:
“Due to the weather conditions and the declining light, it was deemed appropriate to cast to ensure the kite surfer was not injured. We are always ready to throw when we think a member of the public could be in potential danger in the water.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. You can also contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162/07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts @ rnli .org.uk.
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