Police probe jetski crash that saw man airlifted to hospital
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