Speedy sailors to the rescue as girl falls in cold lake; Her dinghy capsized... but boatmen banded together.
A POWER boat and sailors sped to rescue a girl after her dinghy capsized and threw her into a chilly lake.
The youngster had been enjoying a day out on Llyn Tegid, also called Bala Lake, on Saturday.
But the vessel turned over into the water, which can be more than 140ft deep and extremely cold, and a frantic witness dialled 999.
Coastguards alerted nearby watersports centre staff, who joined sailing club members to pull her to safety aboard a power boat.
A Wales Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman said it was called out on Saturday at 3.28pm. Paramedics gave the un-named girl, who was staying on a campsite, a check up but she did not need hospital treatment.
North Wales fire service alerted a crew from Bala Girl was rescued and Ruthin's water incident unit.
A spokesman said: "She had a life-jacket on but she was in the water for 15 minutes. She was rescued by Bala Sailing Club members."
Neither fire crew was needed because of the rescuers' quick work.
Bala Sailing Club member Ken Hull said a catamaran club helped in the rescue. That club is believed to be Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre.
from Llyn Tegid A spokesman for Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre, said the dinghy did not belong to his centre.
However, people from his centre joined forces with Bala Sailing Club to help the casualty.
He stressed there is no public safety boat on Llyn Tegid.
He said: "Holyhead coastguard took a 999 call and we took a call from them."
It is understood there had been two people aboard the capsized dinghy.
The spokesman said: "They were offshore and up to 20 metres from the beach. They were unable to right the boat due to a combination of fatigue and bad weather."
One person got ashore but the girl was still in the water.
His centre's powerboat was in the area but Bala Sailing Club had a quicker powerboat, which got to the girl faster and saved her.
Girl was rescued from Llyn Tegid