On- Off-On and then return to station incident for Beaumaris Lifeboat
The U.K Coastguard based at Holyhead received a report of a yacht which was either making no headway or being forced astern in the swellies on the Menai Strait.
Whilst speaking to the Lifeboat launching authority the coastguard managed to contact the yacht. At which time the crew aboard the vessel advised them that another craft had the boat in tow and no additional assistance was required. However within ten minutes a further report was received that one of the boats was suffering from water ingress the severity of which was unknown.
They therefore at 2.16 pm paged the volunteer crew of the RNLI Beaumaris lifeboats to launch and proceed with all haste to the vessels.
The crew volunteers of the Beaumaris Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched the lifeboat at 2.20 pm however they had only proceeded a very short distance when the service was cancelled. The Coastguard having now been able to establish that the yacht was safely berthed at Menai Bridge and that neither of the vessels involved needed any further assistance.
The lifeboat swiftly returned to Beaumaris lifeboat station arriving at 2.30 pm however the volunteer crew then had to wash down ,clean and refuel the lifeboat, her launching trailer and tractor these duties being completed by 3.00 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 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.