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Conwy RNLI immediately launched to report of a vessel on fire

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to immediately launch on Sunday afternoon (7th January) by UK Coastguard, to reports of a vessel on fire up river from the lifeboat station.

Two Fire Service appliances at the boatyard of Conwy Marina. Conwy Marina boat lift in the backdrop.

Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team

NWRS appliances at Conwy Marina.

RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with her volunteer crew, shortly after being paged at 2.48pm.

Whilst approaching the vessel, smoke could be seen coming from the vessel and it was apparent that she was nearing ignition. The lifeboat crew were able to safely rig up a tow and proceeded to make best speed to Conwy Marina.

Whilst on passage to Conwy Marina, Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team and two North Wales Fire and Rescue Service appliances were setting up firefighting and safety equipment on the marina pontoons, ready for the arrival of the lifeboat and casualty vessel.

On arrival to Conwy Marina outside waiting pontoon, the lifeboat handed over the vessel to the shore side emergency services, who were able check the vessel and deem that there was now no further risk of fire.

Following this, the lifeboat and her volunteer crew made their way back to station, where they arrived at 3.51pm, where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

  • Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
  • Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513
  • Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales and West) on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162
  • Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
Lifeboat and vessel in sight on approach to Marina pontoon where firefighters with charged hoses are waiting.

Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team

Lifeboat and casualty vessel approaching waiting firefighters.
Firefighters and coastguards seen inspecting the casualty vessel from the pontoon.

Llandudno Coastguard Rescue Team

Coastguards and Firefighters inspecting the casualty vessel.

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