Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat and cruise liner in Irish Sea search

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen`s RNLI all-weather Tamar class lifeboat was launched on Monday evening to help search for an airborne object approximately 30 miles west of Porthdinllaen.

Porthdinllaen All Weather Tamar Class Lifeboat

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen All Weather Tamar Class Lifeboat

An object had been seen falling from the sky by observers on board the Cruise Liner Oriana which was on passage from Southampton to Greenock in Scotland. The Oriana had lost sight of the object when it landed at sea and was approximately a mile away from its position at the time.

UK Coastguard were informed and Porthdinllaen lifeboat was launched at 9:05pm. The volunteer crew proceeded to the scene to assist the Oriana, who had diverted from its original route to search for the object. Porthdinllaen all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene at 10:15pm. The area of the last sighting was thoroughly searched by the lifeboat and the Oriana but no debris or trace was found. The UK Coastguard had made enquiries with relevant agencies nationally to see if there were any reports of an overdue aircraft or similar craft within the area but none had been reported.

The UK Coastguard decided to scale down the search at 12:10am as they were satisfied that no persons had been reported missing. Porthdinllaen volunteers then returned to station, refuelled the lifeboat and was ready for the next service by 1:30am.

Dylan Thomas, Press Officer for Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station said: 'An area equivalent to approximately 20 square miles was thoroughly searched by our volunteer lifeboat crew, assisted by the Oriana, but no trace of debris or the craft was found.'

For more information please contact Dylan Parry Thomas, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747 600019. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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