Llandudno RNLI all-weather lifeboat and RNLI Beaumaris lifeboat both launched on Saturday afternoon (20/7) to assist a 10.5 metre fishing vessel which was in difficulties some 2 miles north-east of Puffin Island.
The Conwy-based Nicola Faith with one man on board had earlier called for help after suffering engine failure. As a result, Holyhead Coastguard called out Beaumaris' Atlantic 85 lifeboat which soon reached the drifting casualty vessel. However when the heavily-built boat's size became evident Coastguards called out Llandudno lifeboat at 1.42 p.m.to take her in tow to Conwy.
When the 'William F Yates' arrived on scene, Beaumaris lifeboat left to deal with an incident at Church Island at Menai Bridge whilst Llandudno's crew took the disabled creel boat in tow. Following an ensuing wait for the incoming tide to flood the Conwy approach channel the Nicola Faith was taken safely to a berth at Conwy's Beacons jetty.
Llandudno lifeboat returned to her Craig-y-Don base at 5.45 p.m.
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 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.