Aberdyfi and Borth RNLI lifeboats assist loan yachtsman
Borth and Aberdyfi RNLI lifeboat crew were paged on Friday afternoon (11 August) to assist a loan yachtsman who had run into difficulties.
The yacht was observed at anchor off the beach at Ynyslas. Initially Borth lifeboat was sent out to determine whether the casualty was safe and well.
The yacht's sole occupant was tired and cold and the sea conditions were challenging. Borth lifeboat were first on scene and transferred a crew member to help him raise his anchor so that he could move to a safer position. It became necessary to cut the anchor line as conditions worsened.
Borth RNLI D class lifeboat requested the assistance of the larger Aberdyfi RNLI Atlantic 85 class lifeboat at about 3pm as the yacht now had no anchor and would be in extreme danger if any other issues were encountered.
The two RNLI lifeboats helped the yacht to navigate to the Aberdyfi outer buoy, where it was anchored, using the anchor from Aberdyfi RNLI lifeboat, and left until conditions improved.
In the meantime Aberdyfi lifeboat lifeboat took the casualty back to their station so that he could rest and warm up.
Later that evening after conditions improved Aberdyfi RNLI lifeboat was relaunched with the yacht’s owner aboard in order to recover the boat. It was towed back into the estuary and put safely onto a mooring for the night.
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