Pwllheli RNLI volunteers launched to yacht with mechanical failure
Pwllheli RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat to a stranded yacht.
Details were transferred to the crew on-board the lifeboat that it was a 38ft yacht, approximately 16 tonnes in weight, which had suffered machinery failure on a passage from Felinheli to Cardiff. Because of machinery failure, the yacht was subsequently drifting towards Bardsey Island in a light breeze.
Volunteer crew members arrived on scene at 12.10am on Monday morning (1 May) where the two persons on-board the yacht quickly established a tow with the lifeboat and started their passage back towards Pwllheli Marina.
Upon the arrival, the tow was shortened just outside Pwllheli Harbour entrance, for the journey in through the channel and the casualty was alongside at Pwllheli Marina at 4am
The lifeboat then returned to station at 4.30am where it was refuelled and ready for service again at 5.00am.
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The attached picture shows Pwllheli RNLI lifeboat ashore after service. Credit RNLI/Pwllheli
For more information contact Tomos Moore, Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07552 446447 or Adam Daniel, Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917808208 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.