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Llandudno RNLI lifeboat brings yacht to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched at 5.45pm on Tuesday (18 July) to go to the assistance of the 44-foot yacht which had suffered engine failure when close to the Conwy Fairway buoy.

Unable to make headway towards Conwy under sail, the vessel, Sandpiper of Sleat, with five people on board had anchored to await assistance.

Once alongside the disabled yacht the RNLI crew took the much larger craft in tow for the necessarily slow passage up the approach channel to the River Conwy thence to the safety of Conwy Marina.

By 9pm the lifeboat had returned to Llandudno and been prepared for her next service call. This was not long in coming as at 9.30pm the crew was again called out, this time to help search for a 21ft yacht which had reported engine failure out at sea, with its two-man crew unsure of their position.

Shortly afterwards, Rhyl lifeboat which had already been tasked to the yacht reported that it had located the missing craft and would be dealing with the problem.

As a result, Llandudno's crew were stood down at 9.40pm.

Notes to editors:

For further information contact RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer Alan Sharp on 01492 543315.

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