Llandudno and Conwy RNLI involved in joint late night bank holiday rescue.

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI lifeboats from Llandudno and Conwy were involved this evening (Monday 29 May) in a service call to bring to safety a yacht, which had sustained damage after running aground off Llandudno's West Shore.

Llandudno lifeboat on her trailer on the slipway of Conwy lifeboat station upon recovery and wash down.

RNLI/Michael Thomas

D-793 recovery at Conwy Lifeboat Station

UK Coastguard requested the assistance of Llandudno RNLI following receipt of a VHF call from an 8 metre yacht off Llandudno's West Shore, requesting assistance having become disorientated trying to find entrance to Conwy channel and having taken rocky ground briefly.

The two occupants were concerned about potential damage and possible water ingress.

At 9.07pm Llandudno D-Class RNLI inshore lifeboat D-793 William Robert Sauderson launched. After making best speed around the Great Ormes Head, the lifeboat and her volunteer crew arrived on scene and immediately transferred a crew member aboard to assess the damage. Luckily the vessel was found not to be taking on any significant water. With the onset of darkness approaching, it was agreed that the lifeboat be tasked to escort the vessel to the entrance of the channel at Conwy fairway buoy and await sufficient water to enter.

Upon arrival at the fairway buoy, the weather conditions had worsened and the casualty vessel had concerns about her fuel level, so it was agreed with UK coastguard that Conwy RNLI be called to provide support.

At 10.51pm, Conwy RNLI pagers were activated and the lifeboat D-765 The May-Bob launched with her volunteer crew of 3 minutes later. The lifeboat made best speed through the channel and liaised with Llandudno and the casualty vessel upon arrival.

The lifeboats proceeded to safely escort the casualty vessel through the channel and into the River. Upon arrival in the river, the yacht safely entered the confines of Conwy Marina, where she was assisted with berthing and mooring.

Following this task, both lifeboats then proceeded to Conwy Lifeboat Station, where it had been agreed to recover both boats. Upon safe recovery, just after midnight, the boats were washed, refuelled and made ready for service, with Llandudno inshore lifeboat returning to her station.

Llandudno's Deputy Launching Authority Alun Pari Huws commented: 'This service was a good example of inshore lifeboats from flank stations working together successfully".

RNLI media contacts

  • Alan Sharp, Llandudno RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 01492 543315
  • Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
  • Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales and West) on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162
  • Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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