The lives of a speedboat driver and a wakeboarder have been saved thanks to a Pains Wessex marine distress signal and an eagle-eyed RNLI volunteer. And now, the RNLI has created a video documentary of the rescue of Gary Guy and his nephew and is using it in sea safety talks. Pains Wessex Sales Manager, Chris Feibusch (pictured left) presented Gary Guy (right) with a new pack of flares - and the rescued powerboater says every boat should carry marine distress signals.

Chemring RNLIGary Guy got into trouble after the engine cut out while he was taking his nephew wakeboarding in August 2010, off Aberdovey Beach, at Ynyslas, Cardigan Bay, in Wales.As white water buffeted the boat, Gary tried to dial 999 on his mobile phone, but it failed to work. Just before the pair were knocked from the boat by a wave, Gary managed to grab his emergency bag, complete with two Pains Wessex Orange Handsmokes. Fortunately, the distress signals were spotted by off-duty Borth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ronald Davies MBE, who was on the shore.

RNLI volunteers from Aberdovey launched their Atlantic 75 lifeboat and sped out to the stricken pair who were floundering in the choppy sea. Mr Guy says: “I was struck by the thought that although I had accidentally put my nephew and myself in danger, the lifeboat crew had voluntarily put their lives in danger, for us, for no reward.” And although initially, the powerful wind, waves and spray prevented the lifeboat crew finding the pair, after ten minutes or so, they were spotted and rescued. For more on Pains Wessex safety products, visit Chemring Marine.