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Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat tasked to assist fishing boat

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Porthdinllaen`s All Weather Lifeboat, 'John D Spicer' was launched at 11:50 on Sunday morning, 17th June 2018 to assist a fishing vessel in difficulties.

Porthdinllaen`s All Weather Lifeboat launching off its slipway.

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Porthdinllaen`s All Weather Lifeboat launching off its slipway.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency at Holyhead, had received a call for assistance from the craft that it was in difficulties approximately one and a half miles down the coast of Porthdinllaen with a fouled propeller.
With Coxswain Owain Williams at the Helm and responding to his first rescue mission since his appointment as Coxswain at Porthdinllaen, the lifeboat launched and was alongside the 16 foot craft with one person on board by 12:05 PM. Due to the deteriorating conditions and a strong Easterly wind, it was decided to tow the craft to Porthdinllaen Harbour, where it was placed on its mooring. The Lifeboat was rehoused and ready for service by 1:20 PM.
Keneth Fitzpatrick, Launch Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen added ' With weather deteriorating, it was decided that the safest option was to return the craft to the shelter of Porthdinllaen Harbour where the necessary repairs could be carried out on the craft'.



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