The first call out for the Beaumaris Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington at 10.29 pm on 16 August 2016 was to investigate a report of a boat adrift near Menai Bridge that had already collided with at least one other vessel. Once at the scene the lifeboat crew found a derelict boat still attached to a mooring buoy. It was obvious that no one had been aboard the vessel when it broke its mooring chain. The craft was towed to a mooring at Port Dinorwic.
When returning to the lifeboat station a report was received by H.M. coastguard at Holyhead from the Police that a report had been made to them that someone appeared to be cut off by the tide near the Menai Bridge.
The lifeboat was quickly on the scene and discovered a fisherman wearing Bermuda shorts and using a lighter to identify his position the lifeboat crew. The gentleman was taken aboard the lifeboat and landed at the Town of Menai Bridge where a mobile coastguard unit from Bangor and the police awaited to talk to him.
The lifeboat then returned to her station and Beaumaris being refuelled and made ready for further service.
That call was not long in coming as at 10.53 am the lifeboat launched to go to the assistance of a ten metre leisure fishing boat that had anchored north of Puffin Island however the two crew aboard had been unable to restart the engine. Two of the lifeboat crew boarded the vessel and assisted the casualty to accept a tow to Penrhyn Port at Bangor. The vessel was then berthed at Bangor with the assistance a mobile coastguard unit from Penmon.
Once again the lifeboat returned to station being refuelled and made ready for the next call, this came at 2.40pm when the lifeboat and her volunteer crew launched to assist a 13 foot Dory with three crew that had encountered engine problems in Puffin Sound. When the lifeboat arrived at the boat the engine failed consequently the lifeboat commenced to tow the vessel, when they reached Gallows Point the crew aboard the Dory managed to restart the engine , so the lifeboat disconnected the tow but escorted the boat to Menai Bridge pier at which location a local mobile coastguard team from Penmon assisted the boat to berth.
The lifeboat then returned to her station and Beaumaris being refuelled and made ready for further service by 4.30pm.
Some of the crew then returned to the Pier at Beaumaris at 7.30pm to cheer on Liane Llewelyn Hickling who is attempting a solo swim around Anglesey the proceeds of which are going to the RNLI towards a D Class inflatable lifeboat to be named Craig Steadman in memory of a crew member at Holyhead who tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident last year.
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
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.