Beaumaris lifeboat in adverse weather conditions to a overturned boat.

Lifeboats News Release

The U.K. Coastguard paged the Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers at 10.08 am to launch to investigate a report of an overturned fifteen foot dory adrift in the Menai straits near Victoria dock at Caernarfon.

Beaumaris Lifeboat in heavy seas

RNLI/Dave Burke

Beaumaris Lifeboat in heavy seas

The volunteer crew launched the Beaumaris Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddinton at 10.16 am and proceeded to the reported location of the casualty.

This initial sighting turned out to be a tree trunk but the vessel was spotted aground on a sandbank on the Anglesey side of the straits.

Unfortunately due to insufficient depth of water on the sand bar in the Straits the lifeboat had to go back down the straits to return on Anglesey side however the lifeboat was unable to get close enough to the casualty to make a positive identification.

The lifeboat then had to remain on the scene for the incoming tide to allow sufficient water depth to enable her to reach the craft.

In the meantime the Bangor Coastguard team had travelled back from the Caernarfon side of the straits to Anglesey and managed to obtain the craft identification and the fact that whilst overturned was still attached to her mooring.

In view of this information the U.K. Coastguard released the lifeboat to return to station.

The lifeboat returned to Beaumaris at 1.00 pm being refuelled, washed down and ready for her next service call by 1.30 pm.

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