Barmouth RNLI tows in yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat volunteer crew was paged at 10.16 on Saturday 4th June to go to the aid of a yacht in trouble off Mochras with two persons on board.

The Criccieth Lifeboat had launched earlier to a broken down Dory in the area when the nearby yacht also experienced engine trouble.  Criccieth ILB initially took the boat in tow but because of the volume of calls in the area that day, the Barmouth boat was tasked to take over.

The skipper of the sailing yacht had just taken delivery of his 20ft Hurley from Shell Island and was on his way to Barmouth when the outboard engine failed.  The weather was fair with a very light north-westerly breeze blowing, but the yachtsman was concerned that there might not have been enough wind to sail the boat into Barmouth harbour against the 5 knot ebb tide.  There was no VHF on board.

Barmouth ILB attached a line to the boat and towed it in to a mooring in Barmouth harbour where the crew were met by members of HM Coastguard at 11.50 am.

Crew of the yacht, Richard Balagan was full of praise for the RNLI.  ‘The RNLI were brilliant’ he said ‘we are very grateful for their help, they were absolutely top class.’


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