RNLI Pwllheli launch on all night 7 hour service
Pwllheli RNLI volunteers launched last night for a 7 hour service to a fishing vessel suffering machinery failure
The lifeboat proceeded to the location given and arrived on scene at approximately 1:00am to find no casualty vessel. The crew on-board the lifeboat then contacted the vessel and found that the position that was given was incorrect. A flare was fired from the casualty vessel and crew located the vessel in the distance.
After proceeding for a further 60 minutes, the casualty vessel was eventually located, 20 miles south west of Bardsey Island.
A tow line was established with the fishing vessel and the passage back to Pwllheli was in process.
The all-weather Mersey class lifeboat ‘Lincolnshire Poacher’ and casualty vessel arrived back in Pwllheli Marina at 7:00am.
Coxswain Clive Moore said
‘They don’t come much longer than these! We were fortunate the weather was favourable which helped with late night nature of the service. Our volunteers are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to any called recieved from the coastguard’For more information contact Tomos Moore, Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07552 446447 or Adam Daniel, Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer.
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.