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Yacht towed to safety by Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A 26 foot yacht with two persons on board was towed to safety on Saturday evening by Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat.

Yacht 'Swanrad' being towed in Menai Straits by Porthdinllaen RNLI


The yacht which was on passage to Caernarfon, suffered engine failure and with no wind for sail power, on Caernarfon Bar near Llanddwyn Island, summoned for assistance by contacting UK Coastguard.

Porthdinllaen`s All weather Tamar Class lifeboat, the John D Spicer was launched at 8:00pm and was alongside the yacht called within 35 minutes. A tow line was passed to the yacht and secured and the lifeboat proceeded with the yacht in tow towards Caernarfon.

After arriving at Aberforeshore near Caernafon' s Slate Quay access point, a suitable courtesy mooring was found , with the yacht was safely secured at 10:15pm. The lifeboat returned to station and was refueled ready for service by 11:20pm.

Keneth Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen added 'The crew of the yacht were correct in calling for assistance, the entrance to the Menai Straits near Llanddwyn is difficult to navigate with narrow channels and strong currents, and with the loss of their engine and no wind for sail power, the crew of the the yacht had no option.'

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