Beaumaris RNLI assists yacht in trouble during strong winds on the Menai Strait.
The U.K Coastguard received a request by mobile phone for assistance from a yacht in the Menai Strait. Consequently the RNLI Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers received a launch request at 12.42 pm on Sunday 11 June 2017 to go to the assistance of the vessel.
The volunteer crew of the Beaumaris Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched the lifeboat at 12.50 pm proceeding to the casualty into winds recorded as being of a strength force 8 gusting 9.
The engine on the yacht was unable to make any headway against the wind and unfortunately until the lifeboat arrived on the scene at 1.10 pm all communication with the vessel was by mobile phone as she had no VHF radio aboard.
Due to the conditions the lifeboat crew decided to take the boat in tow and successfully reached the marina at Port Dinorwic.
Once at the marina assistance was available from the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team who also took the opportunity to discuss the benefits of having a suitable radio and life jacket equipment with the boat occupants.
The lifeboat returned to Beaumaris lifeboat station arriving at 2.00 pm being refuelled and prepared for her next service by 2.35 pm.
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