North West Wales

Mum's rescue call for canoe teenagers off Puffin Island

Four teenagers who paddled to sea in an open canoe without lifejackets were rescued when a mother raised the alarm.

She rang coastguards after they failed to return to Penmaenmawr, Conwy, on Tuesday evening and headed towards Puffin Island, Anglesey.

Beaumaris inshore lifeboat was launched after a coastguard officer went to Penmon, Anglesey, and located them.

In a separate incident a woman was airlifted to hospital after breaking her ankle on Holyhead mountain.

The woman, believed to be in her teens, was winched aboard a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey and flown to hospital at Bangor.

Earlier, the helicopter flew a crewman, who had a crushed hand, from a commercial vessel off Fishguard in Pembrokeshire to hospital in Liverpool.

Holyhead coastguard also called out a lifeboat at Barmouth on Tuesday to bring ashore a man who set off flares when his sea scooter began to sink.