Four service requests for Beaumaris lifeboat today following three at weekend.

Lifeboats News Release

After a busy weekend involving three service calls outs the volunteers at the Beaumaris lifeboat had a busier time today with four service requests received from the U. K. Coastguard.

The Relief Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall currently at Beaumaris

Richard Harris

The Relief Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall currently at Beaumaris

In all cases 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 conducted the service.

The first launch of the day occurred at 11.45 am to investigate a report of a person in the water near the Belgian Promenade at Menai Bridge, who was not responding to shouts from the shore. In addition to the lifeboat the Bangor Coastguard Rescue team was asked to attend.

Fortunately in this incident the object scene in the water was subsequently identified as a weed covered mooring buoy this being a false alarm but with good intent.

Then lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 12.13 pm being washed down, refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 12.45 pm.

The second request came at 2.48 pm and the lifeboat launched at 3.05 pm to assist a Jet Ski carrying two people that had a seized engine near the Britannia Bridge. The craft was towed the slipway at Menai Bridge where the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team had arrived to assist with recovery of the vessel.

The third call came whilst in transit back to the station to investigate and recover a dead mammal seen on the straits. This was initially taken to a mooring on the straits but subsequently brought ashore for officials from the Natural History Museum to examine.

Then lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 4.00 pm being washed down, refuelled and prepared for her next call by 4.30 pm.

As Monday is one of the weekly training nights for the Beaumaris lifeboat the craft had been launched on exercise when the U.K. Coastguard requested the boat to divert to be able to conduct a search for a missing female in the Caernarfon area. In this instance the lady was found ashore by the police and consequently the lifeboat was allowed to return to her pre-arranged exercise routine.

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