The Aberglaslyn team takes delivery of the boat from Keswick colleagues

The Aberglaslyn team takes delivery of the boat from Keswick colleagues

Mountain rescuers team will be able to stay afloat after a donation from colleagues in another team.

Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team took delivery of a new inflatable boat at the weekend, after the Keswick team decided to upgrade to a self-bailing raft for its rescue work in the Lake District.

The 3.8m Zodiac boat was collected by the Porthmadog-based Aberglaslyn team on Saturday.

The 40-strong team covers an area of more than 750 sq km of Snowdonia which has several rivers and waterways, and rescuers said the boat comes as a welcome addition to its water-rescue capability.

Team leader Dion Jones said: “The new boat will significantly increase our capability to respond to incidents in and around the many waterways within our area

“The new arrival cannot come at a better time, following the recent severe flooding within the north Wales area and also several incidents within our rivers as a result of fast-moving water

“We already have a limited amount of water rescue equipment which we are always looking to expand upon, but unfortunately this doesn’t come cheap. It costs over £700 to fully equip a team member with a dry-suit, helmet, buoyancy aid and the necessary ropes and accessories to conduct such an operation.”

The team will be training with the new boat in preparation for the summer period, the busiest for the team with mountain and water incidents alike.

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