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« Reply #210 on: August 10, 2019, 10:02:57 AM »
This year’s event takes place on Sunday 18 August from 11am to 4pm at the Boathouse on the promenade at Craig Y Don.

This year’s event takes place on Sunday 18 August from 11am to 4pm at the Boathouse on the promenade at Craig Y Don.

Sue Perkins, Chairperson of the Llandudno Supporters Group, explained that, “This year will be an even grander event to which visitors and families are all very welcome. We will have stalls, refreshments, souvenirs, games, music and the Batala Drummers, and of course our famous mascot Stormy Stan”.

Central to the whole day will be the opportunity to see the lifeboats, meet the crew and look around the boathouse. There will also be special guided tours of the all new Shannon Lifeboat the William F Yates.

At 2pm the lifeboats will be preparing to take to the waters to demonstrate their capabilities and will be joined at 2.45pm by the Coastguard Air Sea Rescue Helicopter for a joint exercise which will no doubt be the highlight of the day.


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« Reply #211 on: August 17, 2019, 10:28:34 AM »
Just a reminder about the  RNLI OPEN DAY tomorrow............. details above

Highlight of the day.
At 2pm the lifeboats will be preparing to take to the waters to demonstrate their capabilities and will be joined at 2.45pm by the Coastguard Air Sea Rescue Helicopter for a joint exercise. 

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Re: RNLI OPEN DAY REVUE
« Reply #212 on: August 20, 2019, 03:24:38 PM »
RNLI NEWS......"A big thank You To Everybody That Attended Llandudno Lifeboat RNLI Open Day Yesterday."

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard / Mountain rescue
« Reply #213 on: August 25, 2019, 02:27:57 PM »
'Idiot' Snowdon drivers slammed for blocking emergency services' rescue route up mountain                                          ref DP

Bank holiday weekends are always a busy time for the Llanberis and Ogwen mountain rescue services - and they can probably do without scenes like this.

Quote.....  "Hope no-one needs a 4x4 evacuation today!",

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« Reply #214 on: September 01, 2019, 06:04:37 PM »
We heard the helicopter earlier,

Coastguard News..........
Whilst out on patrol this morning the team were flagged down at West Shore to an injured kitesurfer who had become injured whilst flying amongst the the sand dunes.

The casualty had impacted the top of a dune and struck his lower back on a rock, injuring his spine.

The casualty was in a precarious position lying face down and overhanging the top of a sand dune, which made caring for him difficult.

The team provided casualty care and also ensured that the Wales Air Ambulance was able to land safely in order for the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service - EMRTS Wales on board to start treating the casualty.

The casualty was placed on their stretcher and we assisted with carrying him to the aircraft where he was then taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital due to his injuries.

We were no longer required so stood down and returned to station.


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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard
« Reply #215 on: September 09, 2019, 04:10:58 PM »
Re: Everything to do with Rhos On Sea   from Hugo
« Reply #690 on: September 07, 2019, 02:21:12 PM »
"Both Llandudno Lifeboats were in action early on Friday evening following reports of red flares fired from a small speedboat with one person on board a quarter of a mile off Rhos on Sea breakwater in choppy conditions.              Another good rescue by the RNLI   "


A bit more on that weekend from the Coastguard ..............
We have dealt with 2 incidents over this weekend. The first came on Friday evening where multiple 999 calls were made at Rhos on Sea to a vessel in distress at the mouth of the harbour.

Llandudno Lifeboat RNLI were also requested to launch.

Arriving on scene we could see the boat in question and the single occupant waving for help.
Llandudno's inshore lifeboat arrived shortly afterwards but suffered a technical problem which meant a tow couldnt be safely established. This meant that the All Weather Lifeboat was launched to assist.

The ALB towed the vessel back to a slipway where a member of the public offered their assistance to recover the boat from the bottom of the slipway to the promenade.
The person was given safety advice and we were stood down and returned to station.


The second incident came this evening when 2 kayaker's were struggling against strong currents near the Great Orme Lighthouse.

A passing vessel had attempted to offer its assistance but it also had difficulty against the current so remained in position to shelter the kayakers until the Lifeboat was able to reach them.
Llandudno Lifeboat was launched and recovered the casualty back to the Boathouse on the North Shore.

One casualty was transported back to his car in order for the kayaks to be recovered.
Safety advice was given to the pair and we returned to station.


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Re: Air / Sea Rescue
« Reply #216 on: September 14, 2019, 06:13:32 PM »
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The West coast of the UK has - I believe - more dangerous quicksand areas than almost anywhere in the world. Blackpool is particularly notorious, but the Dee estuary on the Wirral side can also be very dangerous for those making the crossing to the Hilbre Islands.

By coincidence I have just been watching the BBC 2 Wales program "Saving lives at sea" about the Hoylake RNLI and their Hovercraft, I was surprised watching it in action, just how far the sands/mud extended, the rescue of an older gentleman, who was stuck in the mud, took quite an effort considering he had only sunk to his knees, they also mentioned the number of call outs involving those visiting  Hilbre Islands, I dread to think what would happen without the Hovercraft.           (Maybe we should get one for Conwy)

The next story was about two young girls caught in a current off Rhyl, the girls were rescued by the Lifeguard, Coastguard and the RNLI inshore boat, the girls were suffering from exposure, and taken to the station to be warmed up etc, while waiting for the ambulance, approx 10 mins. one of the girls condition worsened and rescuers were very concerned for her, ....... the ambulance turned up over half an hour later, from Bodelwyddan, ! !    I know there are difficulties in prioritising these days, but it was a bit scary watching the events unfold.






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Re: Air / Sea Rescue
« Reply #217 on: September 14, 2019, 06:32:54 PM »
Anyone see the TV in the Devon/Cornwall Police Control Room the other night
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 Staff trying to prioritise calls in a service stretched well beyond its limits in the Plymouth area. This government has a lot to answer for with the cuts they have made.      Very frightening .

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard
« Reply #218 on: September 25, 2019, 10:17:10 AM »
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We were paged shortly after midnight last night, along with Conwy Lifeboat, after numerous 999 calls were made to North Wales Police and to us reporting 2 red flare sightings, with one landing on the A55 near to the Conwy Tunnel.

A search of the river was immediately commenced, with us searching on land and the lifeboat searching the water.

During our search, three young persons were located leaving the area of the flare sightings and they were asked a few questions to try and gather more information. The answers they gave started leading us to believe that this may not have been a genuine distress signal.

This added another line of inquiry, so as well as searching for a possible vessel in distress, we also began searching for spent flare casings on shore.

During our search, the Police located a handheld flare on the A55 carriageway which would have required a person to throw the flare into the road and therefore needed to be close enough to the carriageway to do so, which would be some distance from the water.
With this information, the Lifeboat was stood down as the river had been thoroughly searched with nothing found.

As we came to the end of our search area, we discovered parts of a spent flare casing, a flare storage box and scorch marks from a handheld smoke flare.

All this information was passed onto Holyhead CGOC who were happy that the flares had been fired from shore and that there was no genuine distress.

This incident tied up valuable search and rescue resources, who are all volunteers, as well as a number of Police resources.
If a genuine emergency call had been received, there would have been a significant delay in deploying resources as we were committed to the search.

Flares are dangerous pyrotechnics that if used incorrectly can lead to serious injury or death. The fact they were thrown towards the A55 could potentially have caused a catastrophic collision which could have ended in tragedy.

We hope those responsible see this post and are able to reflect on their irresponsible behaviour. We also hope others see this message in the hope that we can deter any future incidents.


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« Reply #219 on: September 30, 2019, 03:48:07 PM »
CONWY inshore lifeboat was called out and launched on three occasions last week by Holyhead Coastguard rescue Centre.

On Thursday September 19, the lifeboat, The May-Bob, was launched at 12:30pm to assist a 10 metre pleasure craft which had lost all steerage in Conwy Bay and required a tow into Conwy Marina.

On Monday the 23 September at 3:36pm, the lifeboat was requested to investigate reports of two persons in the water in difficulty off Conwy Morfa beach. The Llandudno inshore rescue boat which was out on exercise made its way around the Great Ormes Head to also assist.

When the Conwy lifeboat arrived, it was discovered the persons reported as needing help were in fact an experienced fisherman in waders and in not in difficulties. From some perspectives it looked as though they could be in danger. Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team were also on hand and confirmed the fishermen were safe and well.

The third callout came in the early hours of Wednesday September 25 to reports of a distress flare sighting in the River Conwy from the police and a member of the public.

The May-Bob conducted a thorough search of the area in question and all the river moorings, while Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team conducted a thorough search of the shoreline. A white parachute illuminating flare was also fired from the lifeboat to assist in search operations.

After an extensive search, all teams were stood down by Holyhead Coastguard and the lifeboat returned to station.
Conwy lifeboat spokesman Danny-Lee Davies said: “It has been a busy few days for the station at this time of year. However, our volunteers remain on call 24 hours a day.”


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« Reply #220 on: October 07, 2019, 04:07:13 PM »
Coastguard news....
We were paged at 21:42 on Thursday to assist in the search of a missing person.

Also involved in the search were Llandudno Lifeboat, North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service / Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales).

We were first tasked to search the Little orme. We split into two teams, one team to search the top levels and the other to search the lower levels.

Information was then received to suggest that the person in question was on the Great Orme so we moved to the Great Orme.

Splitting into three teams, one was sent with some specialist equipment to search the small coves in the Pigeons cave area, another was sent to the summit to work their way down and another sent up from Happy Valley.

The weather on scene was poor, with volunteers searching in the midst of Storm Lorenzo until the early hours of the morning.

The casualty was located by search and rescue dogs in the Great Orme area and taken into the care of the police. All assets were then stood down and returned to station.

RNLI News....
LLANDUDNO ILB LAUNCHES TO ASSIST KAYAKER IN ROUGH CONDITIONS

Llandudno Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 12:30 p.m. after multiple 999 calls had been made to Holyhead Coastguard, reporting that a kayaker was in difficulty approximately half a mile North of Llandudno Lifeboat Station.

With the casualty being closely observed by Llandudno Coastguard, the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched and proceeded to the kayak’s position to find that the lone occupant was at anchor and fishing but drifting to the East due to the poor conditions on scene that were deteriorating quickly. After a brief discussion it was decided that the safest option was for the kayaker to make his way ashore with the inshore Lifeboat following closely behind in case of any issues.

The casualty managed to make his way back to the beach where he was assisted by Lifeboat crew members in drysuits and lifejackets. He was handed over to Llandudno Coastguard where safety advice was given.

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« Reply #221 on: November 04, 2019, 09:53:20 AM »
Llandudno Coastguard     Llandudno and Conwy incidents
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We were paged at 15:00 on Friday to the Little Orme where a female had fallen in Angel Bay.

We arrived before the Ambulance so began casualty care, keeping the casualty comfortable and warm until the ambulance arrived.
Before the ambulance arrived however, another call was received about a casualty on the beach in Conwy.
Half of the team left and responded to Conwy before the other half joined them after handing over to the Ambulance Crew in Angel Bay.

The casualty in Conwy had fallen out of her wheelchair just as she had passed by some steps down to the beach, and in a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, fell down through the gap in the wall and ended up on the beach.

We again provided casualty care before the ambulance arrived.
She was handed over to the ambulance crew and we were stood down.

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard / Mountain rescue
« Reply #222 on: November 10, 2019, 11:17:25 AM »
North Wales mountain rescue team base burgled sparking public outrage                                         REF DP
Thieves broke into the Ogwen Valley team's HQ and stole cash and the contents of a food cupboard.

From their FB page ...

"We have been burgled!
Between 2130 and 2200 on Thursday night thieves broke open one of the windows to the crew room and entered base. They attempted to kick down the ops room door but were unsuccessful so broke into 2 cupboards in the crew room instead. They stole the money from our merchandise shop tin and the contents of the food cupboard honesty box ( No small irony there!).
The Police have been at base collecting evidence for most of the day and the footage of the break in from our cameras was given to them too.
If you were passing through the Ogwen Valley on Thursday night and may have seen anyone in stripy jumpers and masks, please contact North Wales Police, diolch."

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