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Abersoch RNLI lifeboat recovers a familiar vessel!

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch inshore lifeboat was tasked to investigate an inflatable rib sighted six miles South East of Abersoch with no one on board.

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Abersoch ILB

Abersoch RNLI volunteers were paged at 1.20pm on Wednesday (30 august) and were on scene at 1.35pm.

The motor cruiser which had located the vessel and alerted the UK Coastguard was still on scene, they explained that they had seen no one on board or within the vicinity. Abersoch RNLI lifeboat's Helm promptly placed a crew member on board to investigate the condition of the inflatable rib.

It was established that the vessel's anchor was deployed and the engine was cold and in the elevated position. This information was relayed to the Coastguard and they immediately requested a search pattern emanating from the stricken vessel.

Whilst Abersoch lifeboat was conducting the search pattern, Abersoch RNLI shore crew and management undertook a shore based investigation into the owner of the vessel. It was soon established the owner was safe and well and that the vessel had indeed slipped it’s anchor sometime in the night and drifted out to sea.

This information was then relayed to the Coastguard who then contacted Abersoch lifeboat to cancel the search as the owner had been located. As the vessel was in good working order and had enough fuel it was decided to drive the vessel back to Abersoch. It was a calm day and this was deemed the best option.

In fact the vessel was an old RNLI D class lifeboat, now retired, so the volunteer crew were familiar with its operation and happy to return it to shore. The vessel and crew member were shadowed by Abersoch lifeboat until it reached the shore.

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For more information please contact Lee Oliver, Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07919 071577 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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