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Moelfre RNLI volunteer crew launched twice in one evening.

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday at 9:58 pm the inshore and all-weather lifeboat were launched after Holyhead Coastguard received reports that a 30-foot yacht was adrift near Red Wharf Bay.

RNLI/Phil Williams

Earlier in the evening, the volunteer crew of both boats had launched on a routine training exercise. Soon after that they were making their way home when their pagers alerted them that their service was once again required.

In tricky conditions, with gusts of 40 mph the inshore lifeboat located the casualty vessel and once a crew member got on board, it was quickly established that the yacht was unmanned.

The inshore lifeboat then towed the casualty vessel and made her safe. In the meantime, the all-weather lifeboat 'Kiwi' was shadowing the ILB to ensure she was on hand to provide cover if and when it was needed.

Both crews demonstrated great seamanship when it came to getting the lifeboats back into the boathouse, in what can only be described as very challenging conditions. At 1:00am, after a long evening on duty, the volunteer crew were once again making their way home.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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