Abersoch ILB launch to assist a sinking vessel

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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