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Beaumaris lifeboat RNLI volunteers tasked two incidents in succession.

Lifeboats News Release

The U .K Coastguard requested the volunteer crew of the Beaumaris Lifeboat to launch at 3.40 pm on Saturday 5 August to take a pump to a vessel reported to be taking on water near Caernarfon. But before they returned to station they had to attend another boat that had run aground.

Beaumaris lifeboat being launched second picture

RNLI/ A J Robinson

Beaumaris Lifeboat launching picture 2

This relates to the second incident:

Whilst returning to Beaumaris the lifeboat was diverted by the U.K. Coastguard to see if a vessel aground on rocks in the Swellies needed assistance.

Due to the position of the casualty vessel on the rocks It was difficult for the lifeboat to get close to the casualty vessel that had four adults and four children aboard.

An initial enquiry by the lifeboat crew as to the well-being of all aboard indicated that no one injured although the craft had only sufficient lifejackets aboard for the children.

As it was probable the boat would float off on the incoming tide, the lifeboat stood off to assist if required. However a message was then received that one of the children was suffering from dizzy spells in view of this development the volunteer lifeboat crew decided to risk damage to the lifeboat on the rocks and came alongside the craft. The children and two female adults came aboard the lifeboat, first aid being given to three of the children also one of the adults reported that she had hurt her back.

In view of these changed circumstances the lifeboat having proved lifejackets to all four adults, arranged to meet the Bangor Mobile Coastguard Rescue Team and ambulance at Menai Bridge Pier.

Once this had been completed the lifeboat returned to the casualty vessel and stood by to see if all was well with the craft when she floated off.

Once the boat floated off she was able to start her engine but was taking in a small amount of water so the portable pump was deployed for the second time in one day. However it soon became apparent that the pump was not required to be kept in continuous operation as the flow of water into the vessel was stemmed

Whilst in transit to Menai Bridge the boat engine failed and the lifeboat then took the craft in tow to the pier at Menai Bridge so that the Bangor Mobile Coastguard Rescue team could take over the recovery operation.

The lifeboat then departed to return to her station arriving at 6.30 pm being refuelled and made ready for her next service by 7.05 pm.

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