Two service requests for Beaumaris lifeboat on Saturday 21 July 2018.
The U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead requested the launch of the lifeboat to assist a fishing vessel by Puffin Island. This service was taken over by the Llandudno lifeboat as Beaumaris was tasked to an incident in the Menai Strait involving two swimmers.
The Beaumaris inshore lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 1.15 pm following the crew being paged at 1.08 pm and proceeded to a motor fishing vessel unable to restart her engine and located 2.5 miles North East of Puffin Island. Once on scene it became apparent that the vessel would need to be towed into Conwy in view of the vessel location and the state of the tide it was decided to request that the Llandudno All Weather Lifeboat William F Yates also attend the incident. Upon the arrival of the Llandudno lifeboat the Beaumaris craft was immediately tasked to another incident.
A report had been received of two young boys wearing wet suits who appeared to be in difficulties in the sea off Church Island by Menai Bridge The Beaumaris Atlantic 85 was requested to investigate and made her way as fast as prudently feasible to Menai Bridge. In addition to the lifeboat the Penmon Mobile Coastguard Rescue team and north Wales Police had been tasked to the incident.
Fortunately the boys managed to reach the shore unaided being met by the Coastguard and Police representatives. Once it was established that all was well with the youngsters the lifeboat was release to return to station.
The lifeboat was recovered at Beaumaris at 3.15 pm being washed down, refuelled and prepared for her next service call this being achieved by 3.50 pm.
Meanwhile the Llandudno lifeboat once the tide was suitable towed the fishing boat to the pontoon at Conwy returning to her station by 4.45 pm.
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.