Moelfre Lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter dash to aid young person in the water
RNLI Moelfre All-weather lifeboat Kiwi was launched at 2:45pm this afternoon, after H.M Coastguard received reports of young person in difficulties, after going swimming in a small bay known locally as the Creek, Amlwch.
Once on the scene, the coastguard mobile team informed the lifeboat crew that the casualty had made her own way to shore but was suffering with cold water immersion. In the meantime, the volunteer crew of Moelfre lifeboat had prepared and launched the onboard Y-Class lifeboat with two RNLI crew members onboard, so that they could assist the coastguard paramedic and ambulance crew in warming the casualty. No further medical assistance was required.
Volunteer crew member Osian Roberts said “When the weather is nice lots of people head to the beach but it’s important to remember that the sea is still very cold even when the sun is out. People swimming in the sea can experience cold water shock, a potential killer that causes them to gasp for breath, swim hard and thrash around. We would urge anyone who gets into difficulties in the sea to follow the advice of the RNLI Respect the Water campaign and ‘Float to Live.’ Floating for 60 – 90 seconds will let you regain control of your breathing and your survival chances will greatly increase. If you see someone else in difficulty in the sea dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard”.
Kiwi was back on the slip at 4:20pm and by 5:15pm she had been washed down and made ready for her next shout.
For further information, please contact Phil Williams, Moelfre Lifeboat Press Officer, on 0777 3979910
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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.