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Barmouth RNLI Lifeboats launch to aid drifting yacht

Lifeboats News Release

At the request of UK Coastguard, Barmouth all-weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie and the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) were launched at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 23 August.

A 30ft sailing yacht the ‘Flying Keel’ with two persons on board, was on passage to Barmouth from the north when it suffered engine failure. The crew of the yacht were unable to sail to windward in the force 4 to 5 south-westerly wind and the vessel was in danger of running aground.

Both boats were at the scene by 8.35 pm, a towline was established to the stricken vessel and the boat was brought in to the safety of Barmouth Harbour.

The volunteer RNLI crew and both boats returned to station and were ready for service again by 10.45pm.

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