Po­lice probe jet­ski crash that saw man air­lifted to hos­pi­tal

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - A MOUN­TAIN res­cue ex­pert has slammed the ‘ir­re­spon­si­ble’ hoaxer who sent 16 vol­un­teers into Snow­do­nia to look for him at the week­end. North Wales Po­lice con­tacted Og­wen Val­ley Moun­tain Res­cue Or­gan­i­sa­tion (OVMRO) at around 7.30am re­gard­ing three “bro­ken c

PO­LICE are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses af­ter a jet­ski col­lided with a speed­boat at the end of an Anglesey Lifeboat Open Day.

North Wales Po­lice said they wanted wit­nesses to call them af­ter “a col­li­sion be­tween two ves­sels off the coast of Moel­fre Anglesey”.

Moel­fre Lifeboat crews had fin­ished their open day dis­plays and were back at the sta­tion when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

An in­shore and all-weather lifeboat were on the scene in less than a minute.

Res­cue 936 Coast­guard Res­cue He­li­copter took the ca­su­alty to Ys­byty Gwynedd ac­cord­ing to HM Coast­guard, but the con­di­tion of the in­jured man has not been re­vealed.

An eye-wit­ness said the jet­ski had been re­cov­ered to Traeth By­chan Beach and po­lice and coast­guard of­fi­cers had im­pounded the craft as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

She said: “I turned around to see a jet­ski up­side down in the wa­ter a per­son in the wa­ter. Two peo­ple jumped into the wa­ter from other boats nearby.

“One righted the up­turned ma­roon and white jet­ski which floated, then we could see two peo­ple still in the wa­ter hold­ing on to the back of a blue and white speed boat.

“A boat towed an­other jet­ski back to­wards Traeth By­chan.”

The eye­wit­ness said she pointed out the in­ci­dent and a Coast­guard ve­hi­cle rushed to the scene with blue lights on, while the in­shore lifeboat ar­rived by the ca­su­alty and a back­board was put into the wa­ter.

“The large lifeboat ap­peared and what­ever hap­pened next was not vis­i­ble from shore, she said.

“The empty back­board went back onto the in­shore lifeboat. The all­weather lifeboat started back to­wards Moel­fre, fol­lowed by the he­li­copter which winched some­one down onto the deck.

“The lifeboat and he­li­copter went be­hind the is­land by Moel­fre rocks and a few min­utes later the he­li­copter flew to­wards Ban­gor/Caernar­fon.”

The jet­ski was then towed back to Traeth By­chan and was put on a trailer on the beach.

The wit­ness added: “There was lots of wa­ter pour­ing from the back and a lot of dam­age to the front, par­tic­u­larly on the front left side.

“The coast­guard ve­hi­cle drove up and was talk­ing to peo­ple stand­ing with the jet­ski, who all seemed to be teenaged boys.”

HM Coast­guard con­firmed the jet­ski had col­lided with a speed­boat and a man was taken to Ys­byty Gwynedd.

A spokesman for HM Coast­guard said: “The UK Coast­guard re­ceived a VHF call at 4.10pm on Sun­day re­port­ing the in­ci­dent off the Moel­fre coast. Be­cause the Moel­fre Lifeboat Open Day was on­go­ing at the time, two Moel­fre RNLI lifeboats were on scene im­me­di­ately and re­cov­ered the man from the wa­ter.

“The Coast­guard he­li­copter was scram­bled and a short time later the man was winched from the lifeboat and air­lifted to Ban­gor Hos­pi­tal.

“The Moel­fre Coast­guard Res­cue Team also at­tended the scene.”

Moel­fre RNLI added: “In­shore and all- weather lifeboats launched shortly af­ter 4pm to a dis­tress call from a plea­sure boat in Moel­fre Bay, who had wit­nessed 2 ves­sels in­volved in a col­li­sion and one per­son was re­ported in­jured.

“The dis­tress call was re­ceived by the crew at the lifeboat sta­tion and both in­shore and all weather lifeboats were re-launched fol­low­ing the lifeboat day dis­play.

“The in­shore lifeboat was on scene within 1 minute and as­sessed and sta­bilised the ca­su­alty. This in­ci­dent was not part of the lifeboat day dis­play and oc­curred af­ter the days events.”

North Wales Po­lice tweeted an ap­peal for wit­nesses af­ter “a col­li­sion in­volv­ing two ves­sels off the coast of Moel­fre”.

A post for North Wales Po­lice on so­cial me­dia said: “NWP are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a col­li­sion in­volv­ing two ves­sels off the coast of Moel­fre. Any wit­nesses please con­tact NWP on 101, quot­ing V122341.”

Moel­fre lifeboat fol­lowed by the res­cue he­li­copter af­ter the jet­ski crash Moel­fre lifeboat dur­ing the res­cue af­ter a jet­ski col­li­sion on Sun­day af­ter­noon

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