Beaumaris lifeboat volunteers launch to a boat aground on a sand bank.
A request was received from the U.K. Coastguard at 10.15 am on Tuesday 30 July 2019 by the volunteer crew members of the R N L I Beaumaris lifeboat for them to launch to assist a vessel stranded on the sand bank near Caernarfon.
The Beaumaris lifeboat Annette Mary Liddington was launched at 10.20 am and made her way as close as possible to the craft on Traeth Gwyllt North East of Caernarfon on the Menai Strait. As the tide was going out it was imperative that the boat is re floated quickly otherwise it would have to wait the next high tide which would be around 9.00 pm.
In the meanwhile the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team had also been tasked and stood by on the shore should their assistance be required.
A lifeboat volunteer was placed aboard the vessel and with the one person aboard the craft and himself managed to get the craft to lean over sufficiently for the vessel to come off the sand.
This enabled the crew aboard the lifeboat to tow the sailing boat back into deeper water once satisfied that all was well with the both the craft and her sole crew member the lifeboat received permission to return to station from the U.K. Coastguard at Holyhead.
The lifeboat arrived back at Beaumaris at 11.12 am being refuelled and prepared for her next service call by 11.45 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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.