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Abersoch RNLI lifeboat launched to overdue fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch RNLI volunteers were paged to launch their lifeboat after reports of an overdue shore fisherman at Porth Ceiriad.

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Within nine minutes of the call the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat The Peter and Ann Setten was launched and en route to the scene.

The launch request came in at 11.01pm on Tuesday (25 July) on a calm night but very dark.

The exact location was not known only that the person was fishing from rocks in the Porth Ceiriad bay area and the tide was now high. On this information Abersoch inshore lifeboat commenced a shoreline search with their high powered search light.

On arrival on scene the lifeboat spotted a headlight moving along the coastal path. The coastguard mobile unit was then spotted and the Abersoch lifeboat volunteers began to direct them to the suspected individual.

Abersoch RNLI lifeboat kept a visual of the suspected reported person until the Coastguard personnel had intercepted said person and ascertained their identity. The person was found safe and well and on hearing this Abersoch RNLI lifeboat returned to station.

It was around 1am before the volunteer lifeboat crew members returned home to their families and warm bed.

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Lee Oliver, Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07919 071577 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnil.org.uk.

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