Beaumaris lifeboat tasked to people stranded on Puffin Island.
The volunteer crew members of the R N L I Beaumaris lifeboat received a launch request at 11.12 pm (Saturday 6 July 2019) from the U.K Coastguard, to assist two fishermen ashore on Puffin Island.
The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington launched at 11.20 pm and proceeded in the direction of Puffin Island.
In the meantime Penmon Coastguard Rescue Team had also been requested to attend and they identified two torches flashing on the North side of Puffin Island.
Upon arrival the lifeboat proceeded passed the Penmon lighthouse to the area that the lights had been seen.
The two occupants of the dinghy had been fishing when their engine failed to start so they hand paddled ashore to the island and raised the alarm on a mobile phone.
Unfortunately the sea conditions meant that the lifeboat could not get to the shoreline to reach the two men standing on rock slabs. A lifeboat crew member volunteered to swim ashore and assess their condition and that of the dinghy
Apart from being cold both individuals appeared to be in good health it was therefore decided to transfer the men from the island using their own dinghy.
A short tow line from the bow of the lifeboat was attached to the dinghy and the casualties ferried across to the lifeboat being escorted by the lifeboat man who was in the water,
Once the lifeboat man was recovered from the water the dinghy was also secured to the lifeboat and it proceeded to an agreed rendezvous with the Penmon Coastguard Rescue Team on the south side of Penmon Point Once close to the shore the dinghy was returned to the water and the two fishermen taken ashore by the lifeboat crew into the care of the coastguards.
The lifeboat was then released from service by the U.K. Coastguard and returned to the lifeboat station at Beaumaris arriving at 12.20 am on the 7 July 2019 being recovered, refuelled and prepared for her next service by 12.55 am.
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.