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Abesoch and Pwllheli RNLI lifeboats launched to stricken vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch RNLI volunteers were called into action for the first time in 2017 in a joint rescue alongisde Pwllheli RNLI on Thursday (19 January).

The Abersoch volunteers' pagers were first alerted at 3.30pm and their lifeboat the Peter and Ann Setten was launched a mere 10 minutes later.

The casualty vessel was a 36ft yacht which was located between the St Tudwals islands and had run out of diesel and was therefore adrift. Due to the very calm conditions it was impossible for the yachtsman on board to return to Pwllheli without assistance.

Abersoch RNLI crew quickly established a tow and proceeded with the vessel towards Pwllheli. The UK Coastguard had also alerted Pwllheli RNLI volunteers to attend the scene and it was decided that the tow would be transferred to their vessel to return to Pwllheli marina.

The Peter and Ann Setton and all of Abersoch RNLI crew returned to station for 4.45pm and made the lifeboat ready for the next call of 2017.

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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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