Two rescued by Porthdinllaen RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Two persons were rescued by Porthdinllaen RNLI Lifeboat on the evening of Monday 5 August.

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat towing sailing dinghy ashore after rescue

RNLI Porthdinllaen

Sailing under tow

UK Coastguard at Holyhead received a 999 emergency call at 5:40 PM that a mirror sailing dinghy was in difficulties off Nefyn Point. The stations All-Weather Lifeboat, the Tamar Class 'John D Spicer' with Coxswain Owain Williams at the helm, launched and made immediate headway towards the crafts last known position. The dinghy with two persons on board was located at a position 2 miles North East of Nefyn Point. With the centre board on their sailing dinghy broken, and a strong offshore wind carrying them further out to sea, the sailors were in some difficulty.

On arrival on scene, the two persons were taken on board the lifeboat with the dinghy taken on tow. On arrival at Morfa Nefyn Beach, the lifeboats Y boat was deployed and the two sailors, none the worse for their ordeal, were transferred ashore to the care of the local Coastguards team at Porthdinllaen. The Y boat then took the craft ashore before returning to the lifeboat.

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 7:40 PM.

Keneth Fitzpatrick, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthdinllaen added, 'The sailors were well equipped with lifejackets and wet suits worn by both, and as always we advise that anybody who ventures to sea informs someone ashore of their intentions and the likely time they intend to return ashore.'

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