Aberdyfi RNLI Lifeboat assists broken down yacht
Aberdyfi lifeboat crew were paged yesterday (Monday) evening to go to the assistance of a vessel reported in difficulties just outside the estuary.
The call came in just after 9:00 pm from the Coastguard requesting Aberdyfi Lifeboat’s assistance and the RNLI’s Atlantic 85 was launched with her crew of two adults and one child shortly afterwards, heading quickly towards the stricken yacht. With light fading fast, an ebbing tide and the water level on the bar dropping, it was creating a potentially difficult situation for the volunteer lifeboat crew.
They arrived on scene a few minutes later, having been assisted in finding the boat thanks to a hand-held red flare that the skipper had lit to help the lifeboat locate them.
The crew checked that all four of the yacht’s crew were ok, then quickly set up a tow to bring the yacht back into the harbour. The return journey was slow and carefully navigated due to the low water but the yacht was made safe on a visitors’ mooring shortly before 11:00 pm.
Ian Jewell, the lifeboat helmsman, said: “Night rescues obviously have a few additional considerations attached to them, but we have a very well-equipped lifeboat here and well-trained crew. It also makes our job easier and those we are helping safer, if, as in this case, they have the correct safety equipment, such as flares.”
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