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Busy Bank Holiday Monday evening for Conwy RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch this evening (Bank Holiday Monday August 29) by HM Coastguard to multiple incidents.

The volunteer crew's pagers were sounded at 5.10pm and the RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with a crew of three minutes later.
The initial tasking was to reports from a member of the public that a capsized white-hulled catamaran could be seen floating half a mile off the coast near Penmaenmawr.
 
Whilst making best speed to the location of the catamaran, five children were also reported via a 999 call to be swimming off Deganwy in the incoming tide. They were checked and were luckily found to be at a safe location. 
 
In another separate incident HM Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) were dealing with reports of four persons and dog that had become cut off by the tide on the sandbanks in Conwy Bay amidst the flooding tide.
 
The lifeboat and her crew were also able to swiftly assist an inflatable dinghy back towards the shore after they had drifted out towards the entrance to the river in the flood tide.
 
On arrival at Penmaenmawr, the lifeboat found that the catamaran and her single occupant had managed to successfully right the craft and was in the process of recovering at the Sailing Club slipway. A lifeboat crew member met with members of Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) who had arrived to ensure the casualty was safe and well. The craft and owner were confirmed as safe and well and the lifeboat made best speed back towards the sandbanks to assist as required.
 
Luckily the casualties cut off by the tide had been swiftly assisted to safety by the Coastguards on scene and the lifeboat made her way back to station after a busy service call.  
 
Following the service call, the lifeboat arrived back on station and was recovered at 6pm, refuelled and made ready for service shortly after.   
 
In light of recent events around the coast, the RNLI charity urges anybody who is seeking to take part in any activities in or near the sea to respect the water. Further details of the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign can be found at www.respectthewater.com 
 
Notes to editors:
• Conwy lifeboat station has been operating since 1966.
• To learn more, visit the Conwy Lifeboat Station webpage
RNLI media contacts:
Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press OfficerDanny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07999 321639, Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07871 505513, or  
Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or on email on Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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