Glow stick mistaken for SOS callout

RNLI / Paul Blackwell

A glowstick sparked a rescue operation involving lifeboat and coastguard crews.

RNLI volunteers at Beaumaris were called out at just before 6.05pm on Saturday evening (26th January) after a paddle boarder just off Plas Menai was mistakenly seen flashing an SOS signal.

A coastguard rescue team from Bangor also attended the scene – but when the lifeboat arrived, they found the man wasn’t in any difficulty and the confusion had been caused by a glow stick torch he was wearing.

The paddle boarder returned to shore and the lifeboat returned to the Beaumaris station just over an hour after the callout.

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