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Pwllheli RNLI volunteers launch in rough weather

Lifeboats News Release

Pwllheli RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat to a yacht adrift with a danger of being washed ashore, half a mile east of the harbour entrance.

Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Lilly & Vincent Anthony launched on Wednesday night (7 June ) at 7.10pm to a yacht adrift and with a danger of being washed ashore.

Details were transferred to the crew on-board the lifeboat that the 38ft yacht had suffered loss of power and had dropped an anchor that was dragging. Because of the loss of power and the anchor dragging along the sea bed, the yacht was subsequently drifting towards the beach with a fresh onshore wind.

Volunteer crew members arrived on scene at 7.30pm where the two persons on-board the casualty vessel quickly established a tow line and the dragging anchor was quickly recovered.

Upon approaching the harbour entrance, the crew shortened the tow for the passage in through the channel and the casualty was alongside at Pwllheli Marina at 7.50pm

The lifeboat then returned to station at 8.10pm where it was refuelled and ready for service again at 9:00pm

Coxswain Clive Moore said: 'With a freshening onshore wind and a vessel drifting on to a lea shore, a swift response was vital to ensure a successful outcome. An excellent team effort by all the crew ensured that the towline was transferred and tow commenced with a minimum of delay.'

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For more information contact Tomos Moore, Pwllheli RNLI Crew Member & Lifeboat Press Officer on 07552 446447 or Adam Daniel, Pwllheli RNLI Crew Member & Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917808208 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

Tow established, casualty vessel being towed back to Pwllheli Marina


Tow established.

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