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Llandudno lifeboat brings yacht to safety

Lifeboats News Release

A yacht with three people on board was recovered to safety by Llandudno's RNLI all-weather lifeboat this afternoon (5/6) after it had become immobilised offshore by a fouled propeller.

The 'Red Dragon' was nearing the Fairway buoy at the entrance to the Conwy channel when her jib sheet became entangled round the vessel's propeller, leaving her unable to proceed.  After dropping anchor, the boat's skipper radioed Holyhead Coastguard to request assistance.

As a result, Llandudno lifeboat launched at 12.45pm.   On reaching the disabled yacht, as it was not possible to clear the propeller, the lifeboat took the 'Red Dragon' in tow up-channel to the River Conwy, thence into the safety of Conwy marina before returning to Llandudno for recovery, refuelling and preparation for further service.

* Seven call-outs for Llandudno's RNLI crews during the last few weeks has taken the total number so far this year to eighteen.

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Further information - Alan Sharp, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 01492 543315.

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