Beaumaris Lifeboat launched to assist numerous sailing dinghies in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

The U.K Coastguard based at Holyhead received a number of reports of sailing dinghies being in difficulties on the Menai Strait. They therefore requested the RNLI Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers to launch 10.45 am on Sunday 6 August 2017 to assess the situation.

Beaumaris lifeboat in moderate seas

RNLI/D Burke

Beaumaris Lifeboat on the Menai Strait

The volunteer crew of the Beaumaris Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched the lifeboat at 10.55 am proceeding to the area of the incident in winds gusting in strength up to force seven.

It transpired that the boats had originally been participants in an offshore dinghy race from Beaumaris to Traeth Bychan near Moelfre. But due to the prevailing conditions this had been amended to a course between Beaumaris and Bangor Pier.

Once the race had begun the weather deteriorated rapidly and the race rescue boats had been very busy assisting various vessels. The lifeboat crew picked up one competitor from the water and assisted in righting a total of seven vessels .One of which had to be towed to a safer location before being righted.

In view of the prevailing adverse conditions the lifeboat remained at sea until all the dinghies had been recovered ashore at which time the volunteer lifeboat crew then felt able to return ashore themselves.

The lifeboat returned to Beaumaris lifeboat station arriving at 12.01 pm being refuelled and prepared for her next service by 12.35 pm.

Key facts about the RNLI

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.