Early morning call for the Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew members of the R N LI Beaumaris lifeboat received a request at 4.38 am from the U.K Coastguard, to launch and attend a report of a yacht drifting by Menai Bridge.

The Relief Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall currently at Beaumaris

RNLI/ Richard Harris

The Relief Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall currently at Beaumaris

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 launched at 4.46 am and proceeded to the area.

The vessel which had broken adrift from her moorings was located in the middle of the area known as The Swellies and creating a navigation hazard. A lifeboat volunteer boarded he boat and a tow was established the craft then being taken to a vacant mooring near Menai Bridge.

The Bangor Coastguard Rescue team had also responded to the incident and once the boat was safely moored the U.K. Coastguard released the lifeboat so she could return to the boathouse in Beaumaris.

The lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 5.44 am being washed down, refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 6.15 am, the volunteers then having a cup of tea before heading home to get changed to go to work.

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