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Two weekend callouts for Moelfre RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Moelfre RNLI volunteers were called out twice over the weekend to assist vessels with engine failure off the Anglesey coast.

Moelfre Tamar class lifeboat Kiwi

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Moelfre Tamar class lifeboat Kiwi

The Tamar class lifeboat Kiwi was launched shortly before 5:15pm on Friday afternoon to assist an 18 ft bayliner with engine failure off Red Warf Bay. A young family were on the vessel – all of whom were wearing lifejackets - which included two young children aged three and six. The children and the mother were transferred over to the lifeboat as a crew member joined the owner on board the bayliner as the vessel was towed by the lifeboat to Bull Bay.

Martin Jones, Moelfre RNLI Relief Coxswain said:

‘It was unfortunate that the vessel suffered engine failure but the young family did exactly the right thing by calling the coastguard when they realised they needed help. It was also good to see the children being taught from such a young age the importance of wearing lifejackets when going out to sea.’

The volunteer’s second call-out of the weekend came on Saturday lunchtime as the all-weather lifeboat launched again to a vessel suffering engine failure. The 17ft angling vessels who had two people on board had broken down between Bull Bay and Amlwch. The volunteers launched the all-weather lifeboat at midday and towed the vessel into Amlwch Port where they were landed to care of Cemaes Coastguard team. The volunteers arrived back at station at 1:50pm and prepared the lifeboat ready for the next service.

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