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Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat assists yacht in gas scare

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat was launched to the aid of a yacht with a suspected gas leak on board.

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat was launched to the aid of a yacht with a suspected gas leak on board.

The 40ft yacht Saragossa with two persons on board had sailed earlier from Porthdinllaen Bay and with the wind dying down her skipper decided to lower her sails and to start he engine up. While in the process of switching over to the engine the on board gas alarm was triggered.

Her skipper contacted Holyhead Coastguard and the Porthdinllaen RNLI all-weather Tamar class lifeboat the John D Spicer and her volunteer crew launched to assist at 9.36am on Saturday 30 July. 

Within quarter of an hour, the lifeboat was alongside the Saragossa at a position three miles north west of Porthdinllaen point.
 
The decision was taken to tow the yacht back to Porthdinllaen and place her on a safe mooring in the bay.
 
At 10.45am, with the yacht secured on a mooring, her two person crew were taken aboard the lifeboat and taken ashore. Although no immediate fault could be found, the Saragossa's skipper has arranged for a specialist engineer to check her over before continuing on her journey.
 
Captain Peter Jones, Deputy Launch Authority at Porthdinllaen RNLI, said: 'With a suspected gas leak on board the Saragossa's crew were unable to start her engine up as the spark from her electrics could have ignited any gas that may have leaked.
 
'They did the right thing and took all the safety measures possible after the alarm activated.'
 
Media contacts:
 
For more information lease 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 chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk

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