Person in potentially ‘perilous’ situation after being caught out by incoming tide near Llandudno’s Little Orme

LIFESAVERS raced to rescue a member of the public reported to be in a potentially “perilous” situation.

Holyhead Coastguard alerted Llandudno RNLI lifeboat at 4.30pm on Monday, February 8. This was following an emergency call requesting them to search the coastline in the vicinity of the Little Orme and Penrhyn Bay.

Llandudno’s RNLI inshore lifeboat, Dr Barbara Saunderson, was involved in the search along with Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team.

The casualty had been caught out by the incoming tide and had scrambled up the lower cliffs to avoid the rising waters.

With the inshore lifeboat on scene, the coastguard team were able to help the casualty walk along the shoreline to safety.

Captain Marcus Elliott, Llandudno Lifeboat operations manager, said: “Although on paper this might have appeared to be a fairly routine operation, it was in fact a particularly challenging situation for the volunteer crew who put to sea. The weather and sea conditions were actually extremely hazardous because of the strong on shore easterly winds and the freezing temperature.

“It is important for the public to think about the local dangers, I would reiterate the need for everyone, whether local or not, to check tide times if they are planning to walk around the area’s beaches, especially as being cut off by the tide is a common cause of lifeboat call outs and even more dangerous in the winter when sea temperatures are low.

“I would also urge those considering any coastline activities to think about the current COVID-19 regulations and not put the lifesaving services to potentially unnecessary risks.”

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno