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Porthdinllaen RNLI provide assistance to Lone Sailor

Lifeboats News Release

Portrhdinllaen`s Tamar Class RNLI Lifeboat were launched at 4:05PM, with Abersoch Inshore Lifeboat assisting, on Friday 22nd June 2018 to assist a Lone Sailor in difficulties near the notorious Bardsey Sound.

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat securing tow line with yacht

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Lifeboat alongside yacht

Coastguard teams from Aberdaron and Porthdinllaen were also scrambled to monitor the situation until the lifeboats arrived on scene.

The 20 foot yacht, with one person on board was located near Trwyn Anelog, at the edge of Bardsey Sound. A crew member from Abersoch RNLI boarded the yacht to help secure the tow from Porthdinllaen Lifeboat. Once the tow was secured, Abersoch Lifeboat was relieved of her duties and returned to her station. with Porthdinllaen RNLI proceeded with the tow and upon arrival within the safety of Porthdinllaen Harbour, the yacht was secured to a mooring overnight. The lifeboat was fueled and ready for her next service by 7:00PM.

Ken Fitspatrick, Launch Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen added ‘We were glad to assist as the Sailor did not feel confident enough to cross Bardsey Sound due to the conditions. We always advise that anyone who are planning to go out to sea to check weather conditions and always let someone know what your intentions are’

Yacht beint towed by Porthdinllaen Lifeboat with Abersoch Lifeboat alongisde

RNLI/Dylan Thomas

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat with yacht under tow, with Abersoch Lifeboat alongside

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