Aberdyfi RNLI lifeboat crew called out during Remembrance parade
Aberdyfi RNLI were paged on Sunday morning (13 November) while many of the volunteer crew were taking part in the parade for Remembrance Sunday.
A call came in shortly after 11am.
Leaving the service discretely, the crew swiftly launched the station's Atlantic 75 class lifeboat Sandwell Lifeline to go to the aid of a yacht that had run aground on a sandbank on the approaches to the estuary. Two persons were taken aboard the lifeboat and attempts were made to free the vessel but she was found to be firmly aground. The sailors were brought back to the station and the lifeboat crew returned to secure the yacht.
Later in the day the lifeboat was relaunched to recover the boat onto a mooring. Faced with some surf conditions and the failing light the crew took the vessel under tow and returned to the harbour where the yacht was secured to one of the visitor moorings.
David Williams, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Aberdyfi RNLI, said: 'The crew would like to apologise for having to run out of the Remembrance Service and wish to pass on our respect to all of those who have dedicated their lives to the service of others and especially to those who paid the ultimate price.'
Notes to editors:
The image attached shows Aberdyfi RNLI's Atlantic 75 class lifeboat alongside the aground yacht.
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