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Flares light way for RNLI to save stranded couple

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Flares have been used to illuminate Llanddwyn Island, in Wales, to find two people stranded by the incoming tide one night in May.

Trearddur Bay RNLI crew fired flares to illuminate the area, find the missing people and take them back safely to shore.

Lifeboat Helm, Leigh McCann, says, “It was a very dark night with no moonlight so it must have been pretty frightening as they didn’t know the area at all.”

The two people were located, helped onto the rescue boat and taken back to the mainland. The lifeboat completed the service and returned to the station at 3am.

Later, the RNLI crew were paged after a member of the public had reported seeing a kayaker who looked to be in trouble.

The station’s D-Class boat was launched within a few minutes and after recovering the kayaker, who appeared to be in the early stages of hypothermia, returned to the station.

The casualty was helped into a warm shower then wrapped in blankets and given warm sweet tea to drink prior to the arrival of a paramedic who monitored his condition at the station for the next couple of hours.

He later made a full recovery before being taken home by friends. RNLI volunteer crew member Jaycie Burns says, “The member of the public did a great job in immediately alerting the coastguard. Another 10 minutes and it could have been a very different story.”

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree.

Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew.

The main image is courtesy of RNLI/Andy Hodgson.

May 10, 2017