From bike event spectators to a service launch for Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Some of the R N LI Beaumaris volunteers had arranged to display the lifeboat at the start of the community bike ride however events took another turn when the lifeboat had to launch following a request from the U.K. Coastguard attend a yacht aground near Dinmore Quarry by Penmon.

The Relief Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall currently at Beaumaris

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The Relief Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall currently at Beaumaris

As the Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington is currently being refurbished at the inshore lifeboat centre at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It was the relief lifeboat named Norma Ethel Vinall that launched at 10.09 am and proceeded to the area.

The lifeboat took a bilge pump unfortunately however when they reached the 31 foot casualty vessel her deck was already awash and the stern rising above the water.

The crew of four from the craft had managed to reach the shore by using the yacht tender to be met by the Penmon Coastguard Rescue Team.

The yacht had her anchor out but was beam on to the beach in an on shore breeze with a half metre swell. The lifeboat recovered some small flotsam and checked for any sign of fuel leakage

As the lifeboat was unable to assist further permission was given by the U.K. Coastguard for her to return to station arriving back at 11.35 am being washed down, refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 12.10 pm.

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