Pair pulled from sea off North Wales after dinghy capsizes

Beaumaris RNLI was called upon three times in quick succession
-Credit: (Image: RNLI)


Two "elderly" people were pulled from the sea after their sailing dinghy capsized. Volunteers from the Beaumaris RNLI team were called at around 1.14pm on Saturday "to a small sailing dinghy that had capsized with two elderly persons aboard and who were now in the water".

The pair were pulled from the water before being assessed for injuries by the RNLI crew, before being brought back to shore. A spokesperson for the team said: "Once on scene the casualties were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked for injuries and wrapped in survivor bags whilst being continually monitored.

"An assessment was made by the Helm of the lifeboat in consultation with the coastguard and the boat owner as to the best course of action to take regarding the vessel. Because the vessel was a serious hazard to navigation being in a navigable channel of the Menai Strait it was decided for safety reasons that the boat should be towed to the nearest available recovery point.

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"The boat and the two casualties being handed over to the Bangor Mobile Coastguard Team on the slipway at Llanfairfechan." The incident was the third in the space of 24 hours that the team dealt with.

The first incident was at 1.20pm on Friday, May 24, when an Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon (ERIB) was activated near Bangor Pier. A search was carried out, before the coastguard was able to confirm it was a false alarm, and the beacon had been activated by accident.

The crew were then called out at 5.20 am on Saturday. Few details were released about this incident, with a spokesperson for the team saying it was "an incident near a man-made object on the Menai Strait".

A RNLI spokesperson said: "Due to the early request by the coastguard our volunteer lifeboat crew were able to reach each incident quickly, assess the situation and take the best course of action to prevent the situation worsening."

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