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Conwy RNLI mid-week launch to visiting 37ft yacht aground

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch on Wednesday morning (19th July) by UK Coastguard, to assist a visiting 37ft yacht which had grounded at the entrance of the River Conwy on a falling tide.

View of 37ft yacht aground and leaning to one side. RNLI crew member seen on foredeck assisting.

RNLI/Paddy Byrnes

Conwy RNLI assisting 37ft yacht aground

RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her volunteer crew of three at 10.48am, shortly after being paged.

A few minutes later, when on scene, a lifeboat crew member was able to safely board the now heavily leaning yacht. The volunteer crew member was able to check whether the occupants were safe and happy to stay on board until the next tide. Once it has been ascertained that the yacht and her occupants were hard aground and that there was no damage to her hull, the lifeboat and her volunteer crew returned to station.

The yacht was visiting Conwy from Dublin, Ireland and on the next flood tide during daylight hours, the yacht successfully re floated and continued her passage to Caernarfon.

The lifeboat arrived back on station at 12.24pm, where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service.

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

  • Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
  • Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513
  • Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales and West) on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162
  • Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
Side view of the heavily leaning yacht.

RNLI/Paddy Byrnes

Conwy RNLI view of yacht aground

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