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Disabled fishing vessel assisted by Llandudno RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Llandudno RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 6.15am on Sunday (28 May) to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel which had been immobilised by an engine problem.

The 10m steel motor fishing vessel Harvest Reaper with one man on board had spent the night at anchor in Llandudno bay during a trip out of Port Penrhyn to work on lobster pots in the area. Unable to restart his engine this morning he had contacted Holyhead Coastguard to request assistance.

As a result the lifeboat transferred two crewmen with a battery charger to the stranded craft, but when initial attempts to restore power were unsuccessful, a new battery was then taken out to the vessel.

With this installed the engine was restarted, allowing the Harvest Reaper to return to sea and resume her fishing activity prior to returning to Port Penrhyn.

The lifeboat returned to shore for recovery and preparation for further service shortly before 8am.

Notes to editors:

For further information contact RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer Alan Sharp on 01492 543315.

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