Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat assist broken down fishing boat.
Porthdinllaen`s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out on Saturday morning to assist a 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 RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.