RNLI Moelfre Volunteers dash to aid drifting yacht.
Moelfre all-weather Lifeboat ‘Kiwi’ was paged today at 2:56 pm (Friday 16 November), after H.M.Coastguard had received reports that an 8-metre yacht had suffered engine failure 26 miles North East of Moelfre boathouse.
‘Kiwi’ with a full complement of volunteer crew members launched at 3:06 pm and made good time in reaching the casualty vessel. Once on the scene the decision was made that the best course of action was to tow the casualty vessel to a safe mooring at Beaumaris.
At 4:12 pm a tow was established and ‘Kiwi’ then started the slow but steady tow towards Beaumaris. In the meantime, the volunteers at our flanking station in Beaumaris had been paged to launch their Atlantic 85 class lifeboat to rendezvous with ‘Kiwi’ so that they could take over the tow at Dinmor buoy near Penmon. The Beaumaris RNLI volunteers took over the tow at 7:30 pm and then towed the casualty vessel to a safe mooring near Beaumaris pier.
At 7:35 pm the Moelfre RNLI volunteers were stood down by H.M Coastguard, ‘Kiwi’ was back on the slip at 8:10 pm and by 8:48 pm she had been washed down and made ready for her next shout.
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.