Porthdinllaen and Beaumaris Lifeboat launched in response to mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen`s all-weather lifeboat and Beaumaris`s inshore lifeboat were launched on Saturday evening to search Caernarfon Bay and Menai Straits.

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen RNLI Station's Tamar Class Lifeboat 'John D Spicer'
UK Coastguard and Maritime Agency at Holyhead received a Mayday distress call on the maritime radio frequency and immediately requested the launch of both lifeboats at 8:00pm. With no definite position for the casualty, but suspected to be in the vicinity of Aber Point to Belan Fort, both lifeboat were tasked to search the area nearby, as well as two land based Coastguard Teams from Bangor and Llandwrog conducting a shoreline search.
Porthdinllaen Lifeboat searched from Trefor Point to Aber menai while Beaumaris lifeboat searched the Menai Straits but no trace of any vessel or person was found.
Both lifeboats were stood down from their search duties at 8:50pm with Porthdinllaen Lifeboat returning to her station and refuelled ready for service by 10:00pm.

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