Abersoch ILB launch to assist a sinking vessel
In a force 4 moderate sea Abersoch crew were paged at 14:43 to a vessel sinking in St Tudwals sound.
Information was vague at first as it transpires the casualty phoned a friend on the beach who relayed the information to Abersoch beach patrol and the UK Coastguard who subsequently put out a PAN-PAN distress for the vessel.
The RNLI volunteer crew arrived onscene to find the fishing vessel had been sinking for over 45 minutes. A passing vessel had heard the PAN-PAN and assisted by picking up the casualty.
A tow was set up and salvage pump got to work in flushing the water out of the vessel. The vessel was towed to safety ashore and dried out at low water.
The casualty was brought ashore safe and well.
This highlights the importance of having a means of calling for help & to call 999 and ask for the coastguard early. Without the PAN-PAN this could have been a different story.
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.