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Two sailors rescued by Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat was launched at the request of the UK Coastguard to attend an incident off Wern Beach at Nefyn on Tuesday afternoon (29 August).

Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat launching on service

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat launching on service

Two sailors on board a 16ft 'Hobie Cat' type sailing catamaran had requested assistance at 12.20pm after the mast on their craft had snapped in two. With no means of propulsion to get ashore, the RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched to rescue the two and tow their craft ashore.

With only a light wind and calm seas the two sailors were in no immediate danger, but were quickly located by the lifeboat's volunteer crew, a tow line was passed over from the lifeboat to the craft and secured for the short two-mile tow back to Porthdinllaen Harbour.

At 1.05pm the sailing craft and two occupants were safely ashore at Porthdinllaen with the lifeboat returning to her station and ready for service by 1.10pm.

Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen RNLI, said: 'It was unfortunate that the mast broke on the craft, but the two occupants remained calm throughout and summoned help immediately. What started as a leisurely sail for them ended in quite an eventful day.'

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Dylan Parry Thomas, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747 600019. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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