A COUPLE of paddleboarders were transferred to hospital yesterday (August 17) after being rescued and brought ashore at Penmaenmawr.

The paddleboarders were rescued by the Beaumaris RNLI team, being receiving treatment from hypothermia once back ashore, and then being taken by ambulance to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.


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Llandudno Coastguard said yesterday: “We have responded to three callouts today regarding paddleboarders and kayakers being caught out by a sudden increase in wind speed and a change of wind direction.

“In one incident, a paddle boarder was rescued by a nearby vessel and transferred to Beaumaris RNLI Lifeboat, who took the casualty back to Beaumaris boathouse for some medical check-ups.

“In another incident, two paddleboarders were rescued by Beaumaris RNLI Lifeboat and brought ashore at Penmaenmawr where they received casualty care for hypothermia from ourselves and our colleagues from Bangor Coastguard.

“Both casualties were then taken by ambulance to Ysbyty Gwynedd for further treatment.

“In the current period of sunny weather, it is easy to forget that the weather can change very quickly and offshore winds can be very dangerous. 

“If you are planning to go out on the water, check the weather forecast, make sure that you are wearing some form of buoyancy aid, take some form of waterproof communication, and make sure that someone ashore knows your plan and expected time of return.

“If you get into difficulties or are aware of someone in danger, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”