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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