RNLI Pwllheli launch to reports of sinking vessel
Pwllheli RNLI volunteers launch last night to reports of a sinking vessel in the vicinity of Pwllheli
There was limited contact with the vessel that was on passage from to Maryport but it was quickly identified approximately seven miles from Pwllheli, in the direction of Llanbedrog.
As the volunteers approached the sailing vessel it quickly became apparent that the boat was making good progress towards Pwllheli Marina and that the immediate concern that the sailing boat was sinking was not as much of a concern.
After a brief talk with the skipper, he was happy that the ingress of water that he found was under control.
Pwllheli Lifeboat then escorted the sailing yacht back to Pwllheli where a UK Coastguard team from Abersoch was awaiting the casualty vessel.
Bryn Ellis, Coxswain on-board the all-weather lifeboat said: "From initial reports, it was imperative that we found the vessel with an immediate urgency. Thankfully when we arrived with the sailing boat approximately seven miles from Pwllheli, there was no immediate danger."
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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.