Busy weekend for Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Crew
Abersoch Lifeboat had a busy weekend from 22 June with 3 calls outs in 3 days.
On Friday 22 June, the crew were paged at 1:12pm to reports of a broken down speedboat with ten persons on board between the South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club and St Tudwal’s Islands. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 1:29pm, to the boat which was over capacity, had lost power and most of its occupants without lifejackets.
The lifeboat placed a crew member on board whilst the vessel was towed back to Abersoch harbour. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again by 2:10pm.
Less than 2 hours later, the pagers sounded again at 4:04pm. The crew launched at 4:15pm to a report of a sailor in difficulty North of Bardsey, on a solo passage in a 20 foot yacht. The crew experienced large waves and challenging conditions to reach the sailor.
Shortly after Abersoch launched, Porthdinllaen lifeboat were also paged.
Porthdinllaen lifeboat arrived shortly after Abersoch, and the decision was made that the sailor would be towed back to Porthdillaen. Abersoch placed a crew member on board the sailing boat to assist with rigging the tow, before transferring back to Abersoch Lifeboat.
Abersoch Lifeboat returned back to station, through Bardsey Sound, the conditions now slackened. The lifeboat arrived back on station at 6pm before refuelling and preparing the boat for service.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.