The Moelfre RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew responded to two separate incidents within an hour of each other this morning (Saturday 4th) off the east Anglesey coast
The initial call came at 10:30am when Holyhead coastguard tasked the Moelfre inshore lifeboat to reports of an object in the water half a mile off Traeth Bychan beach. The RNLI Moelfre inshore lifeboat and crew of three launched within 6 minutes and were quickly in the area the object was last spotted. After a quick search of the area, a 14 foot log was spotted off Moelfre Island. It was confirmed this was the object initially sighted so the decision was made to tow it to shore and prevent it being a danger to other vessels in the area and to prevent any further sightings/ reports of concern.
During the recovery of the inshore lifeboat Holyhead coastguard received another call of an 18ft motor vessel with 2 adults and 2 children on-board approximately 4 miles to the east of Moelfre near White beach. Moelfre’s all-weather lifeboat Kiwi was underway within 5 minutes of the crew being paged. Local charter vessel Starida spotted the vessel under the cliffs and directed the lifeboat to their location. The vessel had suffered battery failure so a tow was established and the vessel was taken back to its moorings Traeth Bychan beach.
Moelfre RNLI lifeboat coxswain Dan Guy Said:
‘It was a busy morning for our volunteer crew. The first call was concerning as the description of the object matched that of a Kayak. Luckily it was a false alarm with good intent. The second call saw the launch of the all-weather lifeboat, the owner of the casualty vessel did the right thing and called for help at the earliest opportunity, this makes our job a lot easier and safer for everyone’.
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