Lone sailor rescued by Porthdinllaen Lifeboat
Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat was launched to assist a lone sailor in difficulties off the Lleyn Peninsula.
The lifeboat was launched after the 26 foot yacht called the Pegasus with one person on board, had contacted the Coastguard at Holyhead requesting assistance as the propeller on his outboard had become entangled with a rope.
The RNLI lifeboat, the John D Spicer and its volunteer crew launched at 7:20pm and made headway towards the casualty approximately five and a half west of Porthdinllaen at Penrhyn Melyn near Porth Colmon, The lifeboat manoeuvred alongside the Pegasus and a RNLI crew member was placed onboard to assist the sailor. They managed to disentangle the rope but found that the engine had suffered some damage which required the lifeboat to tow the yacht back to Porthdinllaen.
Upon arrival at Porthdinllaen Harbour, the Pegasus was placed on a safe mooring with the lone sailor remaining on board his yacht. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 9:40pm.
Ken Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen added: 'Due to the strong current with the receding tide, the Sailor was unable to get enough slack on the rope to disentangle the rope. With the assistance of one of the lifeboat's crew member, with the lifeboat standing by, they managed to free the rope.'
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