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Llandudno brings yacht to safety in night operation

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno RNLI all-weather lifeboat Andy Pearce launched shortly after 2am this morning (Tuesday 20 June) to go to the assistance of a yacht with two men on board which had suffered engine failure some nine miles north of Great Orme's Head.

The sun coming up after a long night at sea for Llandudno RNLI volunteers

RNLI/Llandudno

The sun coming up after a long night at sea for Llandudno RNLI volunteers

The 24ft yacht had been sailing from the Isle of Man to Rhyl and whilst crossing the offshore shipping lanes in heavy swell conditions had suffered an engine breakdown.

A radio call from the boat's skipper to Holyhead Coastguard resulted in the lifeboat crew being called out to come to their aid. Arriving alongside the stricken craft after a full-speed passage from Llandudno the lifeboat crew soon rigged a towline, and after a necessarily slow passage took the yacht onto a safe berth at Conwy.

The lifeboat returned to Llandudno for recovery and refuelling at 6.45am.

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows the sun coming up after a long night at sea for Llandudno RNLI volunteers. Credit RNLI/Llandudno

For further info please contact Alan Sharp, RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.

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