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Aberystwyth RNLI rescue four inflatables over weekend

Lifeboats News Release

The warm weather of the weekend led to the volunteers of Aberystwyth RNLI going to four separate inflatables in difficulty.

The crew were first paged at 4:43pm on Friday (13 May) May to reports of an inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea with strong off shore winds.
 
On arriving at the scene off North beach Aberystwyth the Atlantic 85 lifeboat found the inflatable with no persons aboard, being blown further out to sea. After liaising with the Aberystwyth coastguard it was quickly established that the occupants had jumped into the sea and had swam back to shore.
 
The lifeboat returned the inflatable to the shore and returned to station. After a crew change both the station lifeboats went out on a training exercise and were soon being flagged down by another inflatable which was struggling to get back to shore with the off shore winds. The occupants were taken aboard the Arancia rescue boat and taken back to the beach.

The crew decided to head back to the station, but on the way at approximately 6:48pm the volunteers were again flagged down by an inflatable that was having difficulty making headway against the wind. The lifeboat helped the dinghy back to South beach and then returned to station.

On Sunday (15 May), the crew were again called out at 3:56pm to reports of an inflatable off South Beach which may have been in difficulty near to Castle rocks. The Arancia inshore lifeboat launched on its own and made its way to the area, where the occupants were found to be safe and well. The volunteers then escorted the inflatable back to the beach.

If using inflatables the RNLI would always recommend that users check the wind direction and tether the dinghy to the shore. Inflatable dinghy’s can be quickly carried away by the wind and tide.

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