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R N L I Beaumaris lifeboat launched to assist a vessel aground near Fort Belan.

Lifeboats News Release

At the request of H. M Coastguard the volunteer crew members of the R N L I Beaumaris lifeboat were paged to assemble with a possibility of a launch at 10.30 am on Sunday 7 August 2016 to assist a vessel that had run aground.

In the event the Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington  was launched at 10.45 am and made its way to the location given for the casualty vessel near Caernarfon.
It appears that the boat had run aground last night but a request for assistance was not made by elderly crew aboard until this morning. Once the request for assistance had been made the local mobile coastguard team from Llanbedrog had attended and brought ashore a female crew member.
The remaining  male crew member having elected to remain aboard for the boat to re-float however it was unclear what damage if any had been done to the craft when it went aground.
The water level was such that the lifeboat was unable to get close enough to the casualty vessel to attach a tow line. A volunteer lifeboat crewmember then swam / waded to the boat.
 Unfortunately the boat had damaged both steering and the engine when she grounded. In addition the wind at the scene was increasing in force and making conditions aboard the vessel very difficult; an attempt was made to sail the vessel but this proved impractical in the prevailing wind conditions.
As the boat was safety anchored it was therefore decided to evacuate the craft and the remaining crew member in a dry suit was escorted towards the shore by the volunteer lifeboat man who was assisted as they approached the shore by a coastguard wearing a wet suit. The coastguard team then took the elderly gentleman and the volunteer lifeboat crew member to Caernarfon.
Whilst the two crew from the casualty vessel where reunited at Caernarfon the lifeboat picked up the volunteer lifeboat crew member that had been aboard the casualty vessel and proceeded to return to her station.
A salvage operation will be required to recover the boat that is aground.
The inshore lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 3.00 pm and was refuelled and prepared for further service by 3.40 pm.

 Interested in becoming a crew member?

The charity welcomes people from all walks of life and no previous sea-going experience is needed to join the lifeboat crew. The RNLI provides fantastic training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers. By volunteering with the RNLI people will gain some great experience, knowledge and skills.
Beaumaris RNLI are always looking for new volunteers to help run the lifesaving service.  If you are aged 17 or over, physically fit, work or live within 10 minutes of the lifeboat station and eager to join a lifesaving organisation then please come by and say hello.

The volunteers meet every Thursday evenings at 6.00pm for their weekly training exercises.

Notes to editors:

Lifeboat Open Day 2016 will be
Saturday 20 August 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Stalls and events at the Boathouse,
Subject to operational requirements a display by the lifeboat

RNLI media
For more information please telephone John Pulford, Beaumaris RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07824 764474 or Chris Cousens R N L I Press officer Wales & west on 01745 585162.

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