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Abersoch RNLI assist stricken inflatable rib off Porth Ceiriad.

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch inshore lifeboat respond to report of inflatable rib adrift off Porth Ceiriad.

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Abersoch volunteer crew were paged at 7.57pm and within 5 minutes The Peter and Ann Setten was launched. They were called by Holyhead coastguard to a report of a small inflatable rib powerboat adrift off Porth Ceiriad with three people onboard. Abersoch inshore lifeboat was on scene by 8.10pm where they found the 4m rib had drifted almost a mile since the coastguard was first notified.

The conditions were calm with little wind but the tide was ebbing hence the reason the small craft had drifted so far. On arrival Abersoch volunteer crew members ascertained that all three people on board were safe and well and suffering no ill effects. It was also established the craft had run out of fuel and did not have sufficient anchor line for the depth of water.

Abersoch RNLI crew members quickly secured a tow line and the powerboat was then towed back to the golf slipway where it had been self-launched.

The RNLI would like to remind all boat users to undertake basic safety checks before embarking on any voyage. Always ensure you carry life jackets and have a means of communication, check your vessel is sea worthy, check you have sufficient fuel for your intended journey and possibly extra for unforeseen events. Also regarding anchors, carry an extra length of rope in case the need to extend anchor lines.

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