View as PDF

Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat assist broken down fishing boat.

Lifeboats News Release

Porthdinllaen`s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out on Saturday morning to assist a broken down fishing boat.

Porthdinllaen`s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out on Saturday morning to assist a broken down fishing boat.

RNLI/E Williams

Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat assist broken down fishing boat.

The fishing boat, local to the Trefor area had set off earlier in the morning when it`s inboard engine failed. Despite numerous attempts to restart the engine, the lone fisherman was left with no option but to call UK Coastguard for assistance.

Porthdinllaen`s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 9:35am and proceeded along the coast towards the casualty. Radio contact was made with the craft and instructions were passed by the lifeboat for the fisherman to prepare his vessel to be towed. With the lifeboat alongside the vessel at 10:15am a tow line was secured to the 26 foot craft, and the lifeboat proceeded to tow the vessel back to it`s home port of Trefor.

Upon arrival at Trefor, the crew assisted the fisherman in securing his vessel to the harbour wall at Trefor. With the craft safely secured the lifeboat returned to Porthdinllaen where it was refuelled and ready for service by 11:30am.

Dylan Thomas, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Press Officer added: 'Unfortunately the vessel suffered total loss of oil pressure which the fisherman could not repair at sea. Our volunteer crew were glad to be able to assist him to safely return to his home Port'.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland