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.
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.