Pre May Day Bank Holiday call out for the relief lifeboat at Beaumaris.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew members of the R N LI Beaumaris lifeboat received a page at 1.31 pm from the U.K Coastguard, to launch and assist a yacht aground and taking on water on the Anglesey side of the Menai Strait opposite Plas Menai.

The Relief Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall in Beaumaris boathouse

RNLI/John Pulford

The Relief Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall in Beaumaris boathouse

As the Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington is being refitted and having upgraded electronics installed at The RNLI Inshore Lifeboat facility located at Cowes on the Isle of Wight The relief lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall launched at 1.40 pm and proceeded to the area,

The lifeboat was unable to go alongside the yacht as the water was too shallow however it was ascertained that the vessel had an overheated engine and was not taking in water.

After consultation with the crew aboard the craft and Bangor Mobile Coastguard Rescue Team it was agreed that the presence of the lifeboat was no longer required and the mobile coastguard Rescue Team would monitor and evaluate the situation as the tide came in and re-floated the yacht.

The lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 2.27 pm being washed down, refuelled by 3.00 pm.

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