Llandudno RNLI lifeboat launches to assist yacht
Llandudno all-weather lifeboat launched on Friday evening (1 July) to assist a yacht with a crew of three which was experiencing difficulty in blustery conditions off the north Wales coast.
The skipper of the 33ft steel vessel Bluewater Fox had asked Holyhead Coastguard for advice when the yacht began having difficulty in making headway due to a strong headwind and adverse sea conditions whilst returning to Conwy after a local sail.
Deciding to call on RNLI assistance, the Coastguard called out Llandudno RNLI lifeboat, which as a result launched at 6.20pm. After meeting up with the yacht a mile and a half north of Great Orme's Head, the lifeboat took it in tow as far as Conwy Fairway buoy. The tow was then released, with the RNLI volunteer crew then escorting the Bluewater Fox as she made her way under her own power up the Conwy approach channel to the river entrance en route to the marina.
The lifeboat then returned to Llandudno for recovery, refuelling and preparation for further service, which was completed in time for the RNLI boat and shore crews to watch (and celebrate) the closing stages of Wales' historic soccer victory over Belgium.
Notes to editors:
Picture attached - taken from the lifeboat, showing the Bluewater Fox under tow. Please credit to 'RNLI'
For more information please contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.