First rescues for Llandudno's new lifeboat - 250 miles from home
Llandudno's brand-new Shannon class RNLI lifeboat 'William F Yates', not due to arrive at the resort until 24 September carried out two rescues off the south coast of England yesterday (23 August).
The lifeboat, with four Llandudno crewmen and an RNLI staff coxswain on board was carrying out a training exercise to enable the north Wales men to familiarise themselves with their new boat and her capabilities.
After completing a 90-mile coastal passage from Poole to Newhaven the lifeboat was returning to Poole when she was diverted by Solent Coastguard to rescue a 25-foot pleasure boat with two adults and a small child on board which had struck a submerged object in the busy Solent shipping channel off the Isle of Wight. The boat had sustained hull damage, was taking in water as a result, and needed immediate assistance. The Llandudno crew were quickly on scene, took the craft in tow, and berthed it safely in Portsmouth Harbour, its occupants unharmed, a short distance from the recently arrived new Royal Navy aircraft carrier 'Queen Elizabeth'.
The four Llandudno crewmen and their Coxswain then resumed their passage to Poole, only for Solent Coastguard to again divert them, this time to a 15-foot dinghy with outboard and sail problems which was drifting in the busy entrance channel to Poole Harbour, an area congested with ferries, cargo vessels and pleasure craft. For the second time in a few hours the lifeboat crew rigged a towline and took the disabled craft to a safe berth at Poole.
Llandudno Assistant Coxswain Danny Jones who was aboard the lifeboat throughout said:
'Our new lifeboat performed exceptionally well in difficult conditions and she will clearly be a great asset in helping us to provide safety cover for those using the sea off north Wales'.
Pictures attached - please credit to RNLI;
1. The new Llandudno lifeboat 'William F Yates' pictured in the Solent.
2. Three of the Llandudno crew aboard the lifeboat after returning to Poole following the rescues.
RNLI media contact
Further information contact Alan Sharp, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 01492 543315.
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 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.