Pwllheli RNLI launch to yacht in difficulty off Penychain Head

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead Coastguard requested the launch of Pwllheli inshore lifeboat at 3pm on Saturday afternoon to reports of a yacht in difficulty off Gimblet Rock.

As the volunteer crew made their way to the scene it became clear that the vessel was actually at another location, 1.5 nautical miles south of Penychain Head. 

When the inshore lifeboat arrived at the location the volunteers found the casualty vessel – a 28 foot yacht with five people on board – already being assisted and towed by another yacht who was in the area.  The yacht had fouled its propeller and experienced difficulties with the sail rig.

After the volunteers established that everyone was ok and discussed various options with the skipper of the yacht carrying out the tow, the lifeboat stood by as the yachts made their way back to Pwllheli harbour.  They were met at the entrance by the Harbour Authority who were waiting to take over the tow into the harbour to the casualty’s berth at the marina.

The volunteers were then stood down and the inshore lifeboat returned to station at 4:10pm.

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