Moelfre & Beaumaris RNLI Volunteers had a busy afternoon
Moelfre RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched at 4:52 pm yesterday afternoon (Saturday 30th June) to assist a yacht that was in difficulties very close to the lifeboat station. The alarm was raised when one of our volunteer members noticed that a 38’ foot yacht had become fouled on one of our mooring buoys
Shortly after launching the Inshore Lifeboat, Holyhead Coastguard then requested that ‘Kiwi’ the all-weather Lifeboat should also be launched. With both boats at the scene it was quickly established that there was only one person onboard the yacht.
With two members of the RNLI volunteer crew on board the yacht it soon became apparent that the only option was to cut the ropes, a laborious task due to the proximity of the stern of the yacht to the buoy.
While the ropes were being cut the all-weather lifeboat had prepared a tow-line as it was apparent that the yacht would’t have any engine power. Once the rope was cut the all-weather lifeboat then towed the yacht as far as Penmon where Beaumaris volunteer crew would then take over in escorting the casualty vessel to safe mooring in Beaumaris.
The craft was towed to a safe mooring near Gallows point by Beaumaris Lifeboat, and the owner was to arrange for the fouled propeller to be cleared. In the meanwhile he was brought ashore at Beaumaris by the lifeboat and transport had been arranged to take him home.
In the meantime, the volunteer crew of the Inshore Lifeboat had returned to station, washed down the boat filled her with fuel ready for the next shout whenever that would be. At 7:33 pm Holyhead Coastguard alerted the volunteers that their service was once again required after a member of the public had alerted the Coastguard that three people may be in difficulties near Ynys Dulas.
The Inshore Lifeboat was again quickly on the scene and discovered that there were three young people on an inflatable kayak. The volunteer crew escorted them back to Lligwy beach and at the same time they had the importance of adequate equipment and sea safety explained to them
After a long day the volunteer crew then ensured that both boats were prepared for the next shout before heading off to the crew room for a well-earned Chinese meal.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.