Two calls received by the Beaumaris lifeboat crew on Bank Holiday Monday.
The volunteers of the Beaumaris lifeboat received two service requests from the U.K. Coastguard on bank holiday Monday 26 August 2019.
In the first instance the volunteers received a request on their pagers at 11.41 am to assemble and prepare the lifeboat for launching as the U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead had been advised that a vessel that was towing another had herself broken down near Aber Menai.
Whilst the lifeboat volunteers prepared to launch the lifeboat the coastguard received an advice that the towing vessel had managed to rectify the fault and was able to proceed unaided.
At 11.51 am the lifeboat crew received instructions from the coastguard to stand down.
However later that afternoon the Beaumaris Inshore Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington was launched at 4.10 pm to go to the assistance of 23 foot vessel with engine failure and unable to anchor the original position being reported as being near Puffin Island.
The lifeboat located the boat in the Menai Straits just off Penmon, in addition two other vessels had also responded to the request for assistance.
One of these vessels was capable of towing the casualty vessel to her intended destination of Deganwy.
Once the lifeboat volunteers had ascertained that the crew of the towing vessel had the competence and ability to tow the craft they remained on scene until the tow was established. The lifeboat then escorted both vessels for a short until the crew of the towing vessel confirmed they did not require any assistance.
As the progress of the tow was being monitored by the U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead they agreed for the lifeboat to return to her station.The lifeboat reached her station at Beaumaris at 4.46 pm being refuelled and ready by 5.30 pm.
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