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On- Off-On and then return to station incident for Beaumaris Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Annette Mary Liddington near Beaumaris Pier

RNLI/Dave Burke

The Beaumaris Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

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.

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