Llandudno RNLI lifeboat crew in night search operation
Llandudno RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew members were called out just before 3am on Sunday morning (3 April) to take their inshore lifeboat to Rhos-on-Sea following a report that a person had been seen to walk into the sea.
Whilst some crew members remained at Llandudno in case they were needed as the operation developed, the lifeboat launched from Rhos at 3.15am to join in a major search operation which also involved RNLI crewmen and coastguards ashore, the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon, police and an ambulance crew.
After the search had been in progress for over an hour it was found that the original phone call to Holyhead Coastguard appeared to have been a hoax.
The search was immediately called off with the participating units returning to their respective bases.
Llandudno RNLI's inshore lifeboat returned to station by road and by 5am had been serviced, refuelled and made ready for further service.
For further information please contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.