Moelfre All-weather Lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ assists her namesake.

Lifeboats News Release

At 5:38 pm today the Moelfre All-weather Lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ was launched after the Holyhead based UK Coastguard had received reports that a 34-foot yacht had suffered mechanical issues approximately six miles out.

RNLI/Dwynwen Parry.

'Kiwi’ wasted no time and was on scene at 5.55 pm, to find that there were two persons onboard the casualty vessel. One RNLI volunteer crew member then went aboard the stricken yacht who coincidentally was also called ‘Kiwi’, to assist in securing the towline.

Once the tow was established ‘Kiwi’ then towed the casualty vessel to the north end of the Menai Strait where by prior arrangements our flanking station in Beaumaris took over the tow, and then towed the casualty vessel to her home mooring on the Menai Strait.

At 8:50 pm the Moelfre RNLI volunteers were making their way home after first making sure that our All-weather Lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ had been washed down and made ready for her next service call.

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