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Abersoch inshore lifeboat responds to call of de-masted catamaran

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch RNLI volunteers launched at 3:22pm on Thursday afternoon in rough sea state to aid a 16 foot catamaran that had lost its mast approximately ¾ mile off the Warren beach.

The single person on board had anchored the vessel and fired two red flares, these were seen and the coastguard was notified. Abersoch lifeboat proceeded to tow the stricken vessel to the safety of the Warren beach where a trailer could retrieve it.

As the sailing season is starting with earnest this month the RNLI would like to remind all sailors to check all kit thoroughly and undertake checklists if possible to ensure they have all the adequate safety equipment. More information on this can be found at

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For more information contact Lee Oliver, Abersoch Lifeboat Press Officer on 07919071577 or email

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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