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Alan SharpVolunteer lifeboat press officer
Lifeboats News Release
Llandudno all-weather lifeboat and Conwy Inshore lifeboat were launched early this morning (Sunday).
Youngsters by the Beacons jetty at the mouth of the River Conwy had phoned Holyhead Coastguard to report that a tug-type vessel exiting the river had collided with the jetty before proceeding seaward in the darkness. As a result both lifeboats were called out (Llandudno's at 2.20 am) to find the craft. Llandudno lifeboat launched from the resort's north shore and proceeded to search round Great Orme's Head, whilst off the lighthouse a target appeared on the lifeboat radar which on investigation proved to be the vessel concerned - an inland waterways tug type of craft named 'Destiny'.
Although the 'Destiny' was showing no navigation lights and no-one was on deck, an RNLI crewman was able to make contact with its skipper by megaphone. After confirming the vessel was the one which had left Conwy, and was in no difficulties, with the Coastguard's agreement it was allowed to proceed towards Liverpool (its planned destination) after an RNLI recommendation that its deck lights be switched on (as it was heading for the shipping lanes) was acted upon. LLandudno's lifeboat returned to station at 4.15 a.m. RNLI Media Contacts
Alan Sharp, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer 01492.543315
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