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Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat called to assist fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead Coastguard requested Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist a local fishing vessel.

The 32 foot crab and lobster boat, with two persons on board, from Porthdinllaen, had developed engine problems off Nant Gwrtheyrn, near Trefor, and was unable to make headway back to its anchorage.
The RNLI charity's Tamar class lifeboat, the John D Spicer was launched at 2.45pm and was alongside the vessel within 20 minutes. A tow line was passed to the fishing boat and secured by the fishermen with the lifeboat commencing the five mile journey back to station.
On arrival at Porthdinllaen Harbour, the fishing boat was placed on its own mooring with the lifeboat returning to station at 4.10pm.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen RNLI, said: 'The crew of the fishing boat attempted to find the fault with the engine but were unable to solve the problem, it was then that they decided that to call the emergency services as this was the only option.
'Repairs will be carried out by the fisherman within the safety of the harbour at Porthdinllaen.'
Media contacts:
For more information please contact Dylan Thomas, Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07747 600019 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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