Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers respond to four 999 calls re a paddle boarder.
The R N LI Beaumaris lifeboat received a request at 4.21 pm from the U.K Coastguard, to launch and attend a report of a paddle boarder in difficulties by Caernarfon.
As the Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington is currently being refurbished at the inshore lifeboat centre at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It was the relief lifeboat named Norma Ethel Vinall that launched at 4.30 pm and proceeded as quickly as possible to the area.
The paddle boarder was not wearing a lifejacket and it transpired had no VHF radio. However he declined any assistance from the lifeboat stating he was fine and it became apparent he was in fact very experienced with the paddle board.
In view of the number of 999 calls they had received about him the U.K Coastguard requested the lifeboat crew to request him to proceed to the shore which he initially declined to do. At the further instruction of the U.K Coastguard the lifeboat crew again reiterated that he proceed to the shore.
The casualty then proceeded to make his own way to the shore and was met by the Llandwrog Coastguard Rescue team at this time the U.K. Coastguard released the lifeboat so she could return to Beaumaris.
The lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 5.35 pm being washed down, refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 6.05 pm.
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