Rhyl and Llandudno RNLI lifeboat volunteers called to fire on board vessel.
The 'Kitty Petra', a wind farm support vessel working on the wind farms off Rhyl, put out a 'Mayday' distress call that they had an engine fire on board. The vessel was approximately six miles from Rhyl. Both Rhyl and Llandudno crews were paged at 5.53pm on Monday 4 November.
The Rhyl crew had the shortest distance to travel, and arrived on scene a few minutes before the Llandudno crew. The vessel had contained the fire, but was proceeding back to Mostyn port on one engiine. Other Windfarm support vessel were on hand as well. The Skipper of the 'Kitty Petra' then started slowly making it's was back to Mostyn, escorted by the lifeboats.
As the convoy neared Prestatyn , Llandudno lifeboat was stood down by the UK coastguard at Holyhead, and Rhyl lifeboat continued with escort duties until the vessel was in the confines of Mostyn Harbour. Once all was well, the lifeboat returned to station by 10.15pm.
Acting Coxswain Andrew Wilde says ' The skipper of the windfarm vessel did the right thing by calling for assistance. Luckily the incident did not escalate, but the lifeboats were on scene to assist should the lives of the crew be put at risk'.
Pictures taken from Rhyl Lifeboat by crew member and Deputy Press officer Callum Robinson.
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.