Conwy RNLI lifeboat launches to assist 32ft sailing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch Sunday afternoon by HM Coastguard, to assist a 32ft yacht which had suffered engine failure on approach to Conwy fairway buoy.

Conwy RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her volunteer crew of three at 1.30pm, shortly after being paged.   
 
Once on scene, a lifeboat crew member was able to safely board the yacht and assist the skipper and his two crew. After a short period, the engine problem first reported by the skipper was resolved with assistance from the volunteer lifeboat crew member.

The charity's lifeboat safely escorted the yacht, which was by now making way using her own propulsion into the safe confines of Conwy Marina.         

The lifeboat arrived back on station at 2.45pm after navigating her way through cannon fire as part of the ‘Conwy Pirate Weekend', where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service.    

Notes to editors:

• Conwy RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1966.
• To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/conwy 
• conwy@rnli.org.uk  

RNLI media contacts:
For more information please contact Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07999 321639, Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07871 505513, Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West), on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162.
Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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