First call of the Bank Holiday for the Beaumaris lifeboat is to a capsized boat.
The RNLI Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers received a launch request from the U.K.Coastguard on Saturday 27 May to a report of a capsized catamaran which had lost her mast, the vessel location being advised as approximately a mile off-shore.
The volunteer crew of the Beaumaris Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington received a request to launch at 2.33 pm and the lifeboat launched at 2.43 pm proceeding to a location near Penmaenmawr.
As well as the lifeboat the Coastguard helicopter together with the Bangor and Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Teams had been tasked to the incident.
In addition to the tasked Rescue Services additional boats had also gone to the assistance of the stricken craft. Once on scene the volunteer crew of the lifeboat recovered two adults who did not require medical assistance on to the lifeboat consequently assistance from the helicopter was required on this occasion. The lifeboat then towed the righted catamaran to a slip at Llanfairfechan in order that the Coastguard Rescue teams could assist with the recovery of the boat from the water..
The lifeboat then returned to Beaumaris lifeboat station arriving at 3.25 pm being refuelled and prepared for her next service by 3.55 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.